Volunteers Honoured in Aged Care Awards
21 June 2012 at 4:45 pm
South Australian and NT aged care workers and organisations have been honored at an awards ceremony in Adelaide.
Brenton Griffiths, Volunteer Award Winner
Chief executive of Aged & Community Services SA & NT Alan Graham said the Awards celebrated the outstanding efforts of individuals and organisations that help older people live better lives.
Brenton Griffiths, 74, won the Volunteer Award for his work over five years to establish and maintain a Men’s Shed at Alwyndor Aged Care in Hove, South Australia.
Brenton called on a team of friends to help with the project, which he said was a real team effort that has changed the lives of the male residents. The Prime Minister’s partner Tim Mathieson is a patron of Men’s Sheds.
Kimberly Harris, 27, a chef at Resthaven in Mount Gambier, took out the Employee Award. Harris has transformed the dining experience for residents in the 12 months since she joined the aged care workforce. She has used her expertise to craft meals for residents, many of whom have challenging dietary requirements.
Kimberly Harris, Employee Award Winner
Awards were also presented for media, design, trainee, organisation and industry supporter.
All winners received a plaque and $300 prize money. The volunteer, trainee, organisation and employee award winners will contend for the national awards at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) conference in September.