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Recognising the stars in a caring community

Southern Cross Care (SA&NT) has celebrated the ‘stars’ in its community, recognising employees and volunteers who demonstrate the company’s core values of care, communication, creativity and teamwork at their annual awards night.

The Lourdes Valley Welness and Lifestyle Team was awarded the Southern Cross Care Creativity Star Award
The Lourdes Valley Welness and Lifestyle Team was awarded the Southern Cross Care Creativity Star Award

With an overwhelming number of nominations this year, the awards recognise and celebrate those who consistently rise to the occasion and go above and beyond at Southern Cross Care.

The organisation calls it “an important step in keeping the industry alive and valuing and appreciating the hard work and commitment of the people who serve within.”

Recognised for his many years of hard work and dedication, Murray Holland of The Pines Lodge received the Star Volunteer Award.

Mr Holland has been a volunteer for more than 10 years assisting with many duties including lifestyle activities and and playing Father Christmas for the residents at Christmas time.

The Creativity Star Award, went to the Lourdes Valley Wellness and Lifestyle Team, for its strong focus on active ageing and changing the face of how social, emotional, spiritual and physical care is delivered to the residents at Lourdes Valley in Myrtle Bank.

“The team thinks outside the square, bringing flair and creativity to all they do,“ according to Southern Cross Care on the award winners.

Star Volunteer Award recipient Murray Holland of The Pines Lodge

Other awards handed out on the night include:

  • Care Star – Personal Care in Residential & Home Support Services
    Mekdalawit Girma Tadesse, Personal Carer, The Pines Lodge

  • Care Star – Lifestyle
    Navneet Kaur, Lifestyle Assistant Bucklands

  • Care Star – Allied Health
    Megan Smart, Physiotherapist Oakfield Lodge

  • Care Star – Nursing
    Rachel Perry, Care Manager McCracken Views
  • Connected Customer Star
    Customer Connect Centre

  • Care Star – Hotel Services
    Susan Perry, Cleaner Philip Kennedy Centre

  • Star Team
    Procurement / Smart Buy

  • Leadership Star
    Sue Richards, West Beach

  • Rising Star
    Kate Weger, Clinical Nurse Educator

  • Best Practice Star
    Stuart Reid, Business System Analyst Central Office

Calling it “one of the best staff events”, Southern Cross Care chief executive officer, David Moran, spoke about the high spirit in the room on the night and the genuine compassion shown by award recipients for the people in their services, and staff they work with.

“We are still in awe of the fact that we have staff with lengths of service reaching 45, 35, 30 and 25 years! We have significant numbers reaching milestones up to 20 years which is really something to be proud of,” Mr Moran says.

“People are staying in the jobs they love, doing the work they enjoy for a worthy organisation.“

He also recognised and acknowledged many staff who do not get nominated for awards, by saying they “still do amazing things in the pursuit of making people in our services Better for Life.”

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