Stars of Minda Shining Bright

It is hard to believe we’re approaching Christmas, and although the year seems to have passed by very quickly, so much has happened.

It has been a very busy time for our Commercial Enterprises, with our sixth annual Stars of Minda event held at Morphettville Racecourse in October.

Stars of Minda recognises our wonderful supported employees across Minda and SA Group Enterprises; it is my favourite event of the year, and I think this year was the best yet.

Congratulations to James Shelton from Electronic Recycling Australia who took home the top award, the RACV Unsung Hero Award. And a special mention to all of our Service Award winners, especially to Phil Gommers from Craigburn Nursery who has been working with us for 45 years – thank you Phil for your tremendous dedication.

I was also very pleased to attend the NDS SA Disability Sector Conference and Awards on 19 October, and I’m happy to announce that Minda won three out of five categories.

Congratulations to Leah Hoyle from Minlaton Community Housing for collecting the Excellence in Regional Services Award, and Gai Dawe and Louise Fletcher from Disability Choices for collecting the Excellence in Engagement Award and Innovative Practice Award.

I would also like to acknowledge our finalists in the Outstanding Frontline Worker Award and Emerging Leader Award, Minda’s Exercise Physiologist Ben Turner, and Andrew Wallace from Electronic Recycling Australia, respectively.

Andrew was also recently awarded an Industry Leaders Fund grant to go to Stanford University, a wonderful achievement.

The rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) continues to shape how we deliver services and support at Minda and there is so much happening behind the scenes to transition people we support to the NDIS.

The Master Plan construction continues to progress at Brighton and 28 people Minda support have already moved into their new homes on Repton Road.

Commercial Enterprises is also very busy recruiting more supported employees across our range of businesses and you may have heard our recent media campaign in newspapers and on radio.

There is much for us to look forward to at Minda, and I do hope you can continue to support us into 2018 – our 120th year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff, Board, Association and supporters of Minda who are all focused on progressing our vision and ensuring that we are passionate, respectful, accountable, innovative, successful and ethical in all that we do.