Staff gather to celebrate achievements
Identitywa’s 2018 Annual Review and Staff Awards Night provided a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the past year’s achievements and to celebrate as a community.
Individuals, Board members, and staff gathered for the Annual General Meeting on Thursday 15th of November where the Board Chair, Graeme Mander and Chief Executive Officer, Marina Re and Treasurer, Linda Walsh’s presented their 2017-2018 reports, followed by the annual staff awards ceremony.
Graeme and Marina both reflected on what has been another successful and significant year for Identitywa.
“The Disability Sector is increasingly impacted by the rollout of the NDIS,” said Graeme.
“In the past year Identitywa has supported the transitioning of a number of individuals in independent living and shared accommodation to NDIS plans and over the coming year, this number will dramatically increase as the national rollout moves to achieve its targets.
“I must say that overall we have been pleased with the process and especially with the outcomes achieved. While not without challenges, these successful transitions have been underpinned by Identitywa’s careful long-term planning, having an intimate knowledge of the nuances of the system as well as proactively advocating for better outcomes for individuals and their families.
“The Board fully recognises the hard work of the management team and staff in achieving the above and is pleased this provides for a bright, sustainable future for our organisation,” said Graeme.
“I am proud of the fact that together we are significantly improving the lives of those entrusted in our care, and their families.”
In her report, Marina spoke of Identitywa’s advocacy role in the discussion on voluntary assisted dying; Identitywa presented a view to the WA Parliamentary Select Committee during the year which stressed the critical importance of protecting people with limited decision-making capacity.
“Whilst we do live in a more inclusive and welcoming society, we must be vigilant that those who have limited decision making capacity are not subject to decisions borne out of funding or financial pressures, and less than ideal access to medical interventions and care,” said Marina.
Concluding her presentation, Marina thanked Catholic Super for generously sponsoring the event and acknowledged the support of her Board, the Archdiocese of Perth, Lotterywest and the commitment of Identitywa’s staff.
The total dedication of our staff to achieve the best outcomes for the people we support and their families is truly humbling,” said Marina.
The 2018 award winners are
Support of Life Journey’s Award
Morrison | Meldrum B | Dymchurch
Vermont | Keymer | Callison B
Team Leader Award
Victoria Brindal | Belinda Ross | Wendy Spicer
Gail Antoniou | Katrina Jones | Joyce Yang
Family Support Worker Award
Ray Kelleher | Anoop Radhakrishna | Renee Rutty
Disability Support Worker Award
Mary McCarthy | Kristie Winch | Sagar Kothi
Congratulations to the winners and also to all the staff who were nominated.
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