MacKillop's Community Inclusion Team - Ensuring Kids Are Safe, Respected, Included and Heard

Posted on 10 December 2015 by Luke Meney

The Community Inclusion Team accepting their award from MacKillop CEO Micaela Cronin

We would like to congratulate MacKillop staff members from our Disability Services – Community Inclusion Team as the 2015 winners of The Edmund Rice Award for Excellence in Professional Practice (Team Category).

The Awards are presented in recognition of excellence in practice, an outstanding level of commitment and the exemplification of MacKillop’s values - justice, hope, collaboration, compassion and respect.

MacKillop’s Community Inclusion Team, consisting of Emma Leunig, Merita Whelan, Andrea McGrath, Vangelis Belbasis, Ally Hobbs, Arran Rose, and Leanne Delaney, are committed to providing children with the chance to experience inclusive opportunities in their local and wider communities.

They have maintained exceptional levels of service delivery, while carrying significant additional workloads due to extended periods of transition. During these times, they retained their focus on developing and delivering inclusive programs, and continued to meet responsibilities with a high level of enthusiasm and energy, making sure the children they worked with were safe, respected, included, cared for and heard.

The roll-out of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the Barwon region has provided new challenges and opportunities. As the team prepares for the introduction of the NDIS into metropolitan regions, they have concentrated on innovative practice and transformation of their highly successful, inclusive models of recreation.

The team has also been the driving force for embedding Sanctuary practices into the wider Disability Services and Community Programs teams, pledging to practice the seven Sanctuary Commitments in everyday interactions. A team of diverse, dynamic, creative and intelligent individuals, their dedication and professionalism have empowered those around them.

Congratulations all!

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