International Women's Day

Written on the 8 March 2017

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The worldwide celebration, observed since the early 1900's, means something different to everyone, but its core focus is on equality. More information on the history of International Women's Day can be found at www.internationalwomensday.com.

At Community Living Australia we believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to be equal, respected and valued members of the community, and so today we celebrate and honour the women of our community, who are making great strides to achieve their dreams and live life to the full.

"International Women's Day is an important celebration of the achievements of women, and a call to action for our communities to continue to accelerate and be mindful of gender equality," said Mark Kulinski, Chief Executive of Community Living Australia. "At Community Living Australia we are committed to the vision of creating an Australia where all people, including women and those living with disability have equal rights, equal opportunity and the freedom to follow their dreams and realise their goals. There are so many women in our communities, including those living with disability who are achieving amazing feats every day, pushing themselves to reach their goals and who are paving the way for women of future generations," added Mr Kulinski.

One such individual is Jess, a young woman who came to Community Living Australia in October last year in order to access our services and have more choice and control to live her life, her way. Since joining our organisation, Jess has taken crucial steps to achieving her goals of living a more independent and flexible life, including reducing her weekend support and walking herself to and from her full-time job and friend's houses.

"We are all extremely proud of Jess's personal development and the maturity she has demonstrated," said Molly Baulch, Regional Manager for the Murraylands. "Jess's confidence has reached a new level this year and the whole team who work with her are very excited to see the goals she will achieve next!" Molly added.

Moving forward, Jess has a number of goals set and is ready to take them on with new-found confidence. "At Community Living Australia I have the opportunity to do things on my own, which is great because I want my own life," said Jess.

It is not only our clients who are achieving great things, but also our staff. "We have many extraordinary women working within our organisation who do an amazing job in supporting our clients, one fantastic example of this is Sue Stuart our Regional Manager for the Adelaide Hills, Strathalbyn and Riverland areas" said Mr Kulinski.

Sue Stuart has been a part of our organisation for a number of years and, in that time, has had many professional and personal successes. Starting with us as a support worker, Sue quickly moved in to a Team Leader role, supporting a number of clients and staff to reach their potential and achieve their goals. It was not long before Sue had moved into a Service Manager role and, after the launch of Community Living Australia, became a Regional Manager. "Working with Community Living Australia amongst so many other exceptional women is extremely rewarding," said Sue. "I am proud to be part of an organisation that is committed to equal opportunity for all and values the importance of women's roles in the community. I am looking forward to continuing my work with Community Living Australia supporting our clients to achieve their goals and live as independently as possible," added Sue.

"Success stories such as these are very important to us at Community Living Australia, as they are made possible by the passion and determination of our clients and staff. We look forward to continuing to support all of our clients who, like Jess, are living life to the full with independence and confidence. Sue and Jess are perfect examples of women pushing themselves to reach their goals, and we as an organisation look forward to seeing them reach and surpass them," added Mr Kulinski.


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