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Quarterly Report from our CEO

22Sep2016 WCS 0563As the year draws to an end it is an appropriate time to reflect on our achievements during the year, particularly through community engagement, that has involved many members of ACT's community.

WCS and Hughes Primary School recently won the ACT Education and Training Directorate's Public Education Awards "Celebrating Excellence" in the Outstanding Partnership of the Year category. The award was won for the English Conservation classes at Hughes Primary School, run by WCS volunteers, which have engaged women from many nationalities who have children at the school. This initiative is firmly embedded within the school community and was recognised as a significant contributor to strengthening the school community.
WCS was also nominated with Narrabundah Early Childhood School for work we have undertaken in supporting families through family support services based at the school and running a parenting program (with complimentary childcare). This initiative has also been a great success and received a commendation at the ACT Community Sector Awards earlier in the year.
This week WCS and Anglicare's Youth Engagement Team will host West Woden Lift Off, our annual celebration of youth culture in the Woden Town Square on Friday from 4pm. The event is well supported by Westfield Woden, and will feature a number of very talented artists.
In September WCS released Stories from the Street - a digital story initiative funded by Arts ACT - celebrating four courageous Canberrans who are well known to many in the ACT community. These digital stories are available on the WCS Youtube channel and are well worth a view.
Earlier this year WCS's Social Inclusion Team commenced a social group for people who built the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme. These ageing workers celebrated their 44th year anniversary of the completion of the project - one of the greatest engineering feats in Australia. The group is steadily growing and drawing people in from as far afield as Cooma. A WCS worker, who is a "child of the scheme", initiated the social group.
These are just a few examples of the community engagement WCS has been involved in throughout the year - if there is any initiative you would like WCS to consider please contact us to discuss further.
Thank you for your support during the year and as we near the year's end I would like to wish everyone greetings for the season and a prosperous new year.

Chris Redmond

Chief Executive Officer


Acknowledgement of Country

"Woden Community Service acknowledges the Ngunnawal people as the traditional owners of this land and their continuing connection to land and community. We also acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who have come from other nations to live on Ngunnawal land. We pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders past, present and future."