CSSA Award Winners
12 October 2011
The 2011 CSSA Awards were presented at a Breakfast held at Parliament House, Canberra, in the presence of around 45 federal politicians and 45 representatives of member agencies.
CSSA would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship contribution from Catholic Church Insurance who have supported this important event for many years.
A transcript of the CSSA Awards presentation is available here.
The Perkins Award for Excellence in Service (Individual)
Mr Ray Reid, Former Director of Centacare Parramatta (deceased)
Under his leadership marriage and counselling services expanded and additional funding was secured for relationship education, pre-marriage education, problem gambling counselling, family support and pregnancy counselling.
In 1996 Ray won a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Canada to interview experts on the impact of clerical abuse on church communities. His report, ‘Pain – Hope – Healing – looked at how to assist church members when their leaders are involved in sexual abuse.
Mr Reid writes on social work practice and Catholic social teaching, advises the social work faculty at the Australian Catholic University and lectures in social work. Throughout his working life he has continued learning and studying and was recently awarded a Master of Arts in Philosophy.
Ray’s award was collected by Oscar Modesto Ramirez, a colleague at CatholicCare Parramatta.
Award for Excellence in Service (Organisational)
Kolbe Cottage Respite Service, Centacare Adelaide
Kolbe Cottage provides respite care for families in South Australia who have a child with an intellectual disability. The service is this year’s winner of an award that goes to the program that is most successfully meeting local community need.
Seeing unmet need in their community, Centacare Adelaide established Kolbe Cottage to provide care on weekends and school holidays for children and adolescents between five and 18 years of age with intellectual disability.
As mother Danielle said in support of the award nomination: “My daughter has learned to socialise, become more independent, make new friends, become a ten pin bowling fanatic and explore new foods all in an environment where she is supported by genuinely caring, compassionate and professional staff who go above and beyond.
Deputy Executive Director of Kolbe Cottage, Ms Brooke Rule, accepted the Award.