Employee and Volunteer of the Year Awards
ARCHBISHOP BJ HICKEY AWARD
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
St Patrick’s Community Centre
Stella volunteer with such relentless determination and passion for 30 years in a service arena
of such complexity and engage daily and with empathy with those whose life adversities seem
overwhelming is itself an extraordinary achievement. Working at the coalface alongside women
and men who have so little and to know the significance of food, shelter and care in the lives of
all demonstrates how Stella embodies all aspects of Catholic Social Teaching – particularly the
pivotal one of treasuring human dignity. Solidarity with fellow human beings, appreciating the
essence of sharing each of our gifts and resources and contributing to the common good in
partnership with those who need these most, are palpable in the nomination.
TOM TRANTER AWARD
VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR
Personal Advocacy Service
Nada has over 27 plus years worked to fulfil a vision that persons with intellectual disabilities
have all opportunities to be full members of and participants in the Catholic Church. Her faithful
devotion and commitment to helping her friend (the supported person) since 1992, Nada also
acknowledges that she has gained much from her interaction with her friend and over time a special
relationship has developed. Their mature relationship when they venture out into the wider
community, the ease of their interaction assists strangers to overcome theirs fears and anxieties.
In so doing, the greater community then becomes more open to share the gifts and talents of all.
*Each winner were given $500 gift voucher and a plaque