And the winner is...

24 October 2019

Every year, Life Without Barriers holds our Employee Recognition Awards to thank our people and teams who go above and beyond to change lives for the better.

Last night Life Without Barriers held our annual Employee Recognition Awards in Melbourne. The awards ceremony provides a fantastic opportunity for people across all levels of our organisation to come together and celebrate staff who consistently go above and beyond to partner with people to change lives for the better.

Staff are encouraged to nominate their colleagues or any Life Without Barriers staff members who represents our values of courage, respect, responsiveness, imagination and building relationships in their day-to-day work. This year we received over 600 nominations and the stories shared throughout these nominations and the awards were truly inspirational.

Image: Chief Executive, Claire Robbs answers questions from the audience during an open Q&A session before the awards ceremony

We are proud to announce the winners for 2019 of the Employee Recognition Awards are:

  • Values Champion Award (Team) - National Immigration Support Services Team

  • Values Champion Award (Individual) - Rebecca Reed

  • Reconciliation Award – Leoni Lippitt

  • Innovation Award – Disability Support Team, Southern Tasmania

  • Safety Leadership Award – Anne Wall and Naomi Holland

  • Carol Peltola Practice Leader Award – Jo Cameron

  • Leadership Award - Michelle Edmondson

  • People’s Choice Award – Kaylene Christie

Image: Leoni Lippitt, Reconciliation Award Winner with colleagues Julie (left) and Silvia (right) from our Queensland team

Our winners were recognised across a number of areas important to the work we do at Life Without Barriers. There were so many inspirational stories of courage and imagination shared throughout the night, including an equine and art therapy program for our specialist foster carers, staff who went above and beyond to support our clients to return to Country, teams who are thinking outside the box to ensure clients first, safety always and staff whose empathy for, and commitment to, clients in some of the toughest circumstances is just remarkable. The winners and finalists are truly deserving of the recognition they received.

Image: Our National Immigration Support Services team with their Values Champion Award

The Annual Employee Recognition Awards is just one of the many ways we celebrate and support staff who choose to change lives through being part of the Life Without Barriers team.

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