Prue Gleeson our Manager for Mental Health Transitions received the CEO Values Award 2017 that was presented at our End of Year Celebration on 15 December 2017. Prue is a wonderful person and this award celebrates her accomplishments in the area of mental health and well-being.
Prue carries the values of WCS, its vision and mission right to the core of her being. Her commitment to creating a quality service is paramount and she never accepts the status quo as good enough. She constantly challenges herself and in a gentle and respectful way also her staff teams to find ways to do better. She is a quiet natural leader and has a clear conviction about what she knows is right and what she wants to achieve.
Creating quality community based mental health support services sits so comfortably with her, as she understands the value of holistic community support for someone alongside their clinical treatment. This is what she has achieved in bringing the TRec program and now The Way Back Support Service into WCS.
She started both of these from scratch, building the bridge between the community and clinical services, making sure the hospitals know what we offer so they think to discharge someone to our services after a suicide attempt. This is not easy work, but she does it patiently and doggedly.
At the same time, she recognises the difficult work her staff are doing supporting people with severe mental illness who are unwell, or after an attempt on their life. She creates respectful and supportive teams that reflect on their work and watch out for each other. The welfare of her staff is a high priority.
WCS is all the richer for having her on staff and as a manager of some of our key mental health programs. We benefit from the reputation she has built with our programs in the sector, and the quality of our work she ensures our participants receive.
Prue is often involved in broader organisational activities, usually focused on improving how we work, and she also loves to participate in all WCS offers and to have a good time.