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Gold Dove Awards 2019

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At Catholic Healthcare, celebrating and recognising the contributions, successes and milestones of our people is an important part of who we are, and we do this in a variety of personal and meaningful ways.

At our annual Inspire Leadership Conference which took place this week, we recognised another wonderful group of yearly Gold Dove Award winners in the categories of Living our Values, Innovation, People Leadership and Volunteers. We also celebrated two awards for excellence in Home (Residential Care) and Region (Home and Community Services) of the year.

The Gold Dove Awards are our highest form of employee accolade and recognise excellence in care, service and contribution right across our organisation. 

Congratulations to the following 2019 Gold Dove Award winners who received their Awards from David Robinson, Chair of the Catholic Healthcare Board.

Annette Ryan, Volunteer, St Augustine’s & St Joseph’s Coffs Harbour - Volunteer Award / Residential Care 

Annette Ryan

Annette has been volunteering at two of our Homes in the Coffs Harbour region for over 25 years, bringing weekly ministry to residents through Liturgical Services and Communion.

Peter Chalmers, Volunteer, Coolamon Villa, MullumbimbyVolunteer Award / Residential Care

Peter volunteers at Coolamon Villa, Mullumbimby and is a valuable and popular member of the local volunteer group. Peter acts as the MC for events at the Home, runs bingo, helps with morning and afternoon teas, and has even had a go at being the local barista. All done with a smile on his face.

Hea Chun KIM (Sarah), Volunteer, Korean Day CareVolunteer Award / Home and Community Services

Sarah has been volunteering at Catholic Healthcare's Korean Day Centre for seven years. Sarah is a keen teacher of Korean songs as well as arts and crafts, making this group vibrant, enjoyable and a place where people can feel part of a warm supportive community. 

Angela Livermore, Enrolled Nurse, Holy Spirit Dubbo Living the Values Award / Residential Care

Angela has worked at Catholic Healthcare for the past five years. She is described as a shining star with a can-do attitude. She consistently demonstrates our Values of Hospitality and Compassion to all residents, families and visitors to Holy Spirit Dubbo.

Sandra Winters, Administration Coordinator, St Francis GraftonLiving the Values Award / Residential Care

Sandra is described as a proud and loyal Catholic Healthcare employee with a manner and professional approach that never wanes, demonstrating Excellence in her delivery of service every day. A familiar face on entry to the Home with a smile and friendly manner, Sandra does a marvelous job juggling the needs of residents, families and the team on a daily basis.

Deb Polack, Community Worker, Home and Community Services Coffs Harbour - Living the Values Award / Home and Community Services

Deb is always prepared to 'step out' and try new approaches to delivering care or contribute to the wellbeing of clients. Deb recently took up the challenge to get involved with the delivery of group exercise programs for older people with a local physio and the initiative has been a great success.

Julia Abrahams, General Counsel, Macquarie Park Legal - Living the Values Award / Macquarie Park Office

Julia lives and breathes Catholic Healthcare and all our organisation stands for - compassion and integrity all wrapped up with a contagious passion for our Mission. Julia has worked for Catholic Healthcare for more than 15 years and her commitment to the organisation in word and action has never wavered. She lives our Values every day.

Julie McMahon, Chef, BodingtonPeople Leader Award / Residential Care 

The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home and that's very true at Bodington where Julie creates nutritious and delicious meals every day. From tasting trolleys to help determine new menu ideas, through to pop up restaurants, Julie consults with residents to decide on a menu. Friendly meal prep chatter, memories of home cooking and smells that last till the evening all combine to create a wonderful resident experience.

Catherine King, Service Planning Manager, Northern Sydney - People Leader Award / Home and Community Services

Catherine supports a team responsible for a complex and at times pressure filled part of Catholic Healthcare where each day is full of many coordination and planning challenges. Catherine is kind, responsive, patient and knowledgeable, a trusted leader highly regarded by all who work with her. 

Julie Knox, Manager, Care Excellence - People Leader Award / Macquarie Park Office

Julie has had a long and illustrious career with Catholic Healthcare in a range of leadership roles. Julie is caring, supportive, passionate and deeply committed to the wellbeing of people. A wonderful leader, Julie genuinely and warmly delivers on the promises of respect, compassion and excellence. In recent times, Julie has been responsible for leading a team that has played an absolutely central role in helping our organisation prepare for the New Care Standards and respond to new compliance requirements. Julie is pictured with Andrew Kinkade, General Manager, Residential Care.​

The Catholic Healthcare Innovation Award was presented to Lourdes Hospital for its Video Conferencing project. This new service was introduced to improve access to outreach services including specialist palliative care nursing, Aged Care Assessment, Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. The video conferencing facility enables patients in outlying areas to consult directly with specialists and has resulted in increased access to valuable services. Team members are now also able to meet via video conference with their colleagues within the Local Area Health District - saving time and costs.

Pictured is Stephen Evans, Manager, Lourdes Hospital accepting the Award.

Congratulations to all the 2019 Gold Dove Award winners!