Mark's Introduction to the 4th Quarter Newsletter
Welcome to Community Living Australia’s final newsletter for 2019. It has been a very productive year with many achievements by our wonderful clients and team.
There were numerous highlights for us this year. We announced our new workplace values renewing our focus on delivering exceptional services; we announced our new ambassador, sporting legend Jo Hill; Myriad: our one-of-a-kind art exhibition was a big success with over 60 artists taking part and our campaign to spread kindness on World Kindness Day with dozens of staff and clients taking to the streets across the state was exceptionally well received.
Recognition was a major emphasis this year with focus placed on showing our appreciation for many people for what they’ve achieved for themselves and for others in their community. We recognised our team members who had devoted themselves to our organisation for 10, 15 and 20 years. Through our Health Care Heroes initiative with FIVEaa, we recognised people in our communities working in health, disability and aged care who are providing exceptional service to people in need. We recognised people at Government House as part of our Rewards and Recognition program that celebrates the achievements of clients, staff, volunteers and members of our community in improving the lives of people with disability.
Our Murray Magpies and Hornets performed admirably at the Tri State Games in November. It was a big week with many triumphs and medals won and an incredible team spirit displayed.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has fully rolled out and all clients have now transitioned. Now that we have overcome the first hurdle, we are committed to aiding clients in navigating the NDIS environment as it continues to evolve.
Finally, I could not sign off without mentioning the Royal Commission into the Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of people with disability that commenced this year. This will be a three-year process and will focus on investigating how we can continue to improve our communities and better protect people with disability. As an organisation we are committed to the Royal Commission and will endeavour to keep all of our stakeholders up to date with latest developments.
Thank you for your ongoing support of Community Living Australia.
I wish you all joy and peace over the holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.