Each year WCS gives recognition to outstanding performance by staff and volunteers in the service of our local community. This year was no exception.
The following awards were given out on 5 December at the WCS staff end of year party which had a “Back to the 80s” theme and dress ups.
CEO Award for 2018 – WCS’s Peer Workers
The CEO award this year went to our Peer Workers for the courage, resilience and generosity they continue to show and inspire in others and the exceptional contribution they have made to the work we do at WCS.
A peer worker is someone who draws on and shares his or her own lived experience of mental illness and recovery to inspire hope and support others in their recovery journey. Peer workers inspire understanding and hope of recovery because they’ve “been there”, shared similar experiences and can model for participants of our services a willingness to learn and grow and make their own unique contribution.
For over a decade WCS has recognised and valued the contribution from people with lived-experience of mental illness and recovery. Many of these peers have had experience of recovery within one of WCS’s mental health programs and have gone on to be employed in paid or volunteer roles here in the organisation.
Not everyone who is a peer support worker wishes to be named. Those that are comfortable to be named and were recipients of this award include: Leila Lines (our first dedicated Peer Worker), Kath Laffey in her role as Peer Participation Support Officer, Cassie, who first told her story at the Watch Your Wellness event last year, and Lynette Lipovac, Andrew O’Reilly and Philippa Wicks.
Volunteer of the Year for 2018 – Arthur Donnelly
Arthur Donnelly, a WCS volunteer, consistently demonstrates one of our most important values – responsiveness. Arthur puts up his hand to assist in so many areas of the CHSP team.
Arthur drives elderly service users to medical and non-medical appointments. He drives the bus on so many other occasions and volunteers with groups on a regular basis.
Over the last few months there were quite a number of staff on leave. Arthur stepped up without any fuss, assisted us at short notice and got us out of several very tight situations.
Betsy Award for 2018 – Dayne Matatia
Katy Gallagher, the daughter of Betsy Gallagher, the former Executive Director of WCS who this award is named after, joined our staff event on 5 December and presented this award to Dayne Matatia.
Dayne is a no nonsense, can do, highly capable individual who consistently displays truly outstanding behaviours, notwithstanding the pressures that are placed on him each and every day.
For Dayne, there are never any dramas. Nothing is too small, too big, too complex, too mundane, too short a notice or too out of his comfort zone.
Dayne’s positive approach in the face of many unplanned and unseen challenges are often resolved even without anyone knowing.
Dayne has established trusted relationships with external stakeholders whereby they now jump and stand to attention at the very mention of his name! Lastly and most importantly, Dayne has gained such respect as an individual and for the services he delivers and for his ability to quickly think laterally and creatively.
Dayne is pictured here at the end of staff party event in his 1980s John McEnroe costume.