CSSA Award Winners
12 October 2012
The 2012 CSSA Awards were presented at Parliament House, Canberra, in the presence of around 45 federal politicians and 45 representatives of member agencies on Wednesday, 12 October 2012.
CSSA would like to acknowledge the generous sponsorship contribution from Catholic Church Insurances who have supported this important event over many years.
The Perkins Award for Excellence in Service (Individual)
Mr Aaron Stuart, Centacare Catholic Family Services Country SA
Mr Stuart has shown an active interest in the direction of Aboriginal issues at a national level and has developed a wide knowledge base in areas such as culture, heritage and Suicide Prevention through training in remote communities and through male ‘healing’ camps. He has also demonstrated an admirable work ethic and continues to develop innovative means to achieve the best possible results for the community.
Using his creative streak, he produced a book titled ‘Yudum’ which is about dealing with grief within Aboriginal communities. The film version of Yudum premiered in Adelaide during NAIDOC week and Mr Stuart also developed the concepts for another film titled ‘Child Focused Dreaming’ which is being released by the South Australian Family Pathways Network.
Award for Excellence in Service (Organisational)
Fighting for your Family Program - Centacare Catholic Diocese of Ballarat Inc
The Fighting for your Family program was developed by the Centacare Ballarat from conception to completion in order to support, nurture and foster positive family relationships within the indigenous family community of Kirrae. Respect, love, honesty and communication are the cornerstones of the group. The program also provides an opportunity for community members to come together and reflect on family related issues through various activities and the level of community support has been high.
The Norma Parker Award for Most Innovative Program (Organisational)
Formation in Gospel Values Workforce Development Program - Centacare Rockhampton
The primary purpose of the Formation in Gospel Values Workforce Development Program is to increase the recognition of Catholic identity in the workplace for all members of staff. The program has provided coaching in gospel values and Catholic Social Teaching; a focus on discovering, naming and celebrating gifts; and balance aspects of ministry and business in the organisational model.
In recognising and nurturing their staff, the program has introduced several initiatives of support which include an understanding of mission in real terms,
testing the communication of living values within the workforce, designating specific roles to bring this to realisation and developing a strategic plan where Mission is integral and recognisable.
This award was collected by Dr Ricki Jeffrey, CEO, Centacare Rockhampton and Dr Sue Rice, Program Manager, Family and Community Support Services, Centacare Rockhampton.