Gold Coast carer Christine has taken out the top prize in Just Better Care’s national ‘Possible Awards’.
The Possible Awards recognise the outstanding achievements of Just Better Care employees, who help older Australians and people living with disability to achieve their goals, providing in-home care and support.
There were two award categories, with Christine winning the community based staff category for 2018.
Christine, group home Team Leader from Just Better Care Gold Coast, was awarded the top prize in recognition of her six-year commitment to support two young men living with disability.
Just Better Care Gold Coast Owner Bram Baker said the two young men have shown unprecedented progress over the period thanks to the longevity and quality of the support provided by Christine.
“Chris shows a genuine desire for people to live the life they want with dignity and fun,” Mr Baker said.
“She worked tirelessly to understand the young men’s diagnoses and develop care plans that provide them with the best opportunities to reach their goals.
“Chris has been a mentor for these young men and for the staff who provide support under her leadership.”
Christine’s colleagues say she is a source of motivation and inspiration with her positive and professional outlook, empathy for others, her persistence and tenacity in getting results.
She was surprised and humbled to receive the top prize. Christine said she is driven by a desire to improve her customers’ quality of life.
“Seeing the young boys living their lives to the fullest is so fulfilling. It means everything to me. Being able to make a difference in someone’s life gives me great joy,” she said.
Christine shares the win with Leanne, Finance Manager from Just Better Care Central Coast who won the national award in the office based staff category for 2018.
More than 230 Possible Award nominations were received from Just Better Care customers and staff members across Australia throughout the year. 30 staff members went on to be nominated for the national award.
Chief Operating Officer Alison Chandler said she is so grateful to Christine for her commitment and dedication to helping people with disability to achieve their goals.
“The Possible Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of our people who assist, motivate and inspire others,” Ms Chandler said.
“Christine is a deserving winner. With passion and commitment, she has helped her customers develop, increase their independence and reach their goals.”
Ms Chandler hopes that the rollout of the NDIS in Queensland, which is currently underway, will help more people living with disability access support services.
“Living at home has many benefits – it can improve quality of life and help people to stay active and connected to their communities, but unfortunately it’s not always possible without support,” she said.
“In-home care and support services can help people with disability and older Australians to live on their own and within their local communities.”
Christine’s win was announced at the Gold Coast long-serving staff award ceremony on Wednesday evening. She was awarded a certificate and financial grant.
Do you know a Just Better Care employee who deserves to be recognised? Nominate them for a Possible Award.