Night of reflecting on significant achievements and celebrating staff excellence
Building flexibility to increase responsiveness to the people it supports, organisational structural change, an upgraded client database and move to a new corporate base in Northbridge scheduled for early 2016, were just some of the topics featured in the reports delivered at Identitywa’s Annual Review and Staff Awards Night held on Thursday, 22 October.
Board members, together with people who use Identitywa services, staff and families gathered to hear about the significant achievements and financial position of Identitywa for the 2014 – 2015 financial year from Board Chair, Graeme Mander, CEO, Marina Re and Treasurer, Linda Walsh.
“The strong position of Identitywa and the progress we have made over the past 12 months is a testament to the strength of the relationship between the Board and the Executive Team,” said Marina.
“Their commitment and enthusiasm have been instrumental in the achievements of the past year. I am, as always, grateful to our staff.”
Marina also spoke about how the organisation was well positioned in the current trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Hills and Cockburn/Kwinana sites.
“To be a real player with great outcomes in the merging NDIS world, with the concepts of control and choice and reasonable and necessary support, demands an extensive analysis of our assets, our strengths, our capabilities and, most important, our future challenges,” explained Marina.
“It is these future challenges which have been our focus as we review our structures and operation models to fully realise our Mission.”
Following the Annual Review, the outstanding commitment of staff who have served Identitywa for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years was acknowledged. Marina thanked them for their significant contribution to the organisation and Graeme presented them with a special plaque and a gift of appreciation. Recipients are listed at the end of this article.
The announcement of the winners of the Employee Recognition Awards was the last acknowledgement before the Board, staff and families gathered in the courtyard for celebratory drinks and delicious canapés.
This year’s winners are as follows:
Innovation and Creativity: Dante Torres
This category acknowledges the development and implementation of creative services, supports, programs and initiatives that assist Identitywa’s commitment to achieving the best outcomes for the people we support.
Ability to Overcome Obstacles: Kylie Stagoll
This category recognises the contribution of staff working toward a solution, despite obstacles or resistance.
Dedication and Commitment: Loxleigh Team - Deb Ryan, Lee Zwicki, Raffy Festin, Kimberley Hampton, Kylie Stagoll, Ray Piestrzeniewicz and Colleen Ryan
This category acknowledges staff who always perform their duties at the highest standard by positively supporting the Vision, Mission and Values of Identitywa, demonstrating dedication and commitment to the people they support.
Living Identitywa’s Vision, Mission and Values: Mark Twiss (This is a posthumous award as Mark sadly passed away on 29 July.)
This category recognises the total commitment by the Award Recipient to Identitywa’s Vision, Mission and Values, both in their work environment and in their life after work. By their actions, it is evident that they truly believe, and value, Identitywa’s commitment to the people we support and their families.
- Susan Lopez
- Sandra Maughan
- Karen Aitchison
- Barbara Gobby
- Deborah Jester
- Patricia Johnston
- Cheryl Mathers
- Geoff Maxwell
- Elaine Needham
- Jenny Barron
- Colleen Chapman
- Lorna Cobb
- Jane Lefroy
- Andrew Schelfhout
- Heike Bettell
- Desiree Empeigne
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