The Salvation Army Westcare launched this year's 'Season for Change' 2014 - 15 Annual Report on Wednesday, at The Substation in Newport.
Divisional Commander Major Michael Coleman, Major Annette Coleman and Major Jenny Begent joined Westcare staff, young people, volunteers and community members to celebrate a year of hard work during a period of significant change.
As guest gathered, 3 young people from Westcare's Adolescent Home Based Care and Residential Care played an acoustic set on guitars and the ukulele.
To commence the launch, Major Mike Coleman discussed what a season for change meant for Westcare and The Salvation Army at large. Particularly, the establishment of Victoria's State Social Command.
Westcare's General Manager, Peter Mulholland then released this year's Annual Report, highlighting key changes in leadership, funding announcements and positive outcomes for young people.
The night was undoubtedly marked by the introduction of the Harry Carrodus Scholar Award. Harry Carrodus, a trustee of the Hugh Williamson Foundation, has been a long time supporter of Westcare's mission & has worked hard to ensure that both young people and staff have access to further education so that they can continue to make a positive difference in the community.
Harry spoke about his humbling experiences working with Hugh Williamson at ANZ and the privilege that went with being personally selected as a trustee to his fund. Harry then presented Thanh Thuong, who was raised in foster care at 11 years of age, with a Scholar Award pin and $20,000 towards continuing his studies.
Thanh spoke warmly about the support he received at Westcare, and his foster parents. He also acknowledged the support of the Hugh Williamson Foundation and Harry Carrodus encouraging him to pursue further education & to help others, where he has completed a degree in Biomedicine, a graduate degree, and plans to continue furthering his learning so that he "help others." There wasn't a dry eye in the room as the hall errupted into a standing ovation.
The evening concluded with the General Manager's Awards. The recipients:
The Compassion Innovative Practice Award
Highly Commended: Rebecca Beatie
Winner: Laura Lynch
The Positive Partnership Community Award
External Partnership Winner: Sam Greenham, Victoria Police
Internal Partnership Winner: Vince Attard & Kym Phillips, Adolescent Home Based Care Carers
The Hope Quiet Achiever Award
Highly Commended: Steve Duffin, Residental Youth Worker
Winner: Vince Murphy, Program Manager I& CMS
General Manager’s Award for Excellence
Highly Commended: Peter Kadissi, Unit Manager
Winner: Sam Notaro, Acting Team Leader, Adolescent Home Based Care
The Major Doug Thomas Human Dignity Memorial Award:
Highly Commended: Stephen Clark, Program Manager, Residential Services
Winner: Danny Coomber, Unit Manager
Great Outcomes for Kids Awards