The Hunter's most outstanding aged care workers and volunteers were announced on 5 September at the 2012 Hunter Aged Care Achievement Awards Presentation Dinner, hosted at Newcastle's Noah's on the Beach.
An initiative of Calvary Aged Care & Retirement Services, the Hunter Aged Care Achievement Awards were established in 2010 to recognise everyday heroes currently working in the aged care industry in the Hunter region who shine in their commitment to providing excellence in care and show a passion for the older person as part of their everyday work.
Selected from more than 120 nominees by an independent panel of aged care professionals, the winners come from a variety of aged care organisations operating in the Hunter region.
Former Deputy Premier of NSW and now CEO of Alzheimer's Australia NSW, Mr John Watkins presented each of the 31 finalists with a certificate before announcing the winners of each category and presenting them with a trophy.
The Hunter Aged Care Achievement Awards team would like to congratulate the following winners and thank them for their outstanding contribution and commitment to the aged care industry:
Aged Care, Trainee of the Year
Shane Johannssen, Anglican Care Carey Bay Village
Aged Care, Care Staff of the Year (Residential Aged Care)
Janelle Roach, Calvary Cooinda - Singleton
Aged Care, Support Staff of the Year
Aileen Saywell, Calvary Tanilba Shores - Tanilba Bay
Aged Care, Volunteer of the Year
Betty Alder, Uniting Care Ageing - Garden Suburbs Aged Care Facility
Aged Care, Aboriginal or Cultural Diverse Contributor of the Year
Donna Matthews, integrated living - Muswellbrook
Aged Care, Registered Nurse of the Year
Kathy Yorke, Maroba - Waratah
Aged Care, Care Staff of the Year (Community Aged Care)
Racheal Baker, Newcastle & District Nursing Service
By Liz Niland, Communications Officer at Calvary Aged Care and Retirement Villages.