Congratulations to our Anna Alderson Award Winners!
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Congratulations to our Anna Alderson Award Winners!

18 December 2023
The Anna Alderson Award honours the memory of former Board Chair and Director Dr. Anna Alderson and the example she set in demonstrating Rise’s values – integrity, respect, welcoming and optimism.

This year the award was given to two teams and four individuals. Congratulations to the following:

Individual Winners

  • Clare Francioni: Client Coordinator Clare Francioni's remarkable sensitivity and skill shone brightly when she discovered a client in need of urgent medical attention, who was potentially being exploited. Clare's empathy and quick action not only ensured immediate care for the client but also facilitated advocacy support, exemplifying her commitment to empowering clients.

  • Taylor Duggan: Taylor has been instrumental in revitalising Rise's recruitment process with her enthusiastic and solution-oriented approach. Her positive attitude and professional dedication have significantly enhanced the recruitment experience for both internal teams and new recruits, leading to a greater number of quality candidates.

  • Martin Taylor: A standout support worker in Rise's Supported Accommodation, Martin's hands-on approach in every aspect of care, from cooking alongside residents to engaging them in cultural activities and meaningful conversations, has significantly enriched the lives of those he supports. These actions make a real and lasting difference in people's everyday lives.

  • Belinda Shipp:  Nominated by her entire team, Belinda creates a strong team environment for those who work with her. Her leadership qualities have created a space where personal growth is encouraged and her team feels a sense of belonging and confidence in her guidance. 

Team Winners

  • Milperra Incident Response Team: The Milperra team, led by Karen Wittcomb and Kaye Smith, acted with integrity and sensitivity in a complex case of suspected elder abuse. Their proactive approach not only ensured the safety and well-being of an older gentleman, but also exemplified their commitment to protecting vulnerable individuals in challenging situations.

  • Welbourne and Foxleigh Fire Response Teams: In the face of catastrophic fires, the Welbourne and Foxleigh Teams demonstrated exceptional courage and teamwork. Their quick actions not only kept their residents safe from harm, but also ensured their emotional well-being was cared for as they helped them settle into a new home and regain a sense of normalcy and happiness.

Congratulations all! Do you know a staff member or team who demonstrate Rise's values? Nominations for the 2024 Anna Alderson Awards are now open. Click here to find out more and nominate.

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