Extract from the CEO’s Report
I am very proud of the achievements of The Junction Works over the past year. 2020 has been like no other. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a unique experience for most of us. Keeping everyone safe and healthy has been our priority.
And while many of our events, such as our annual SPARK Festival, gatherings and normal activities have had to be put on hold, the pandemic has compelled us to try out new ways of connecting, of delivering services and of providing opportunities for continued engagement, skill development, therapy and artistic expression for the people we support.
It has also given us time to reflect on what we take for granted.
The impact of Covid-19 for our wider community has been disturbing, with various lockdowns, disruption to schooling and education, increased unemployment, lost businesses, watching families mourn the loss of their loved ones in aged care, and pressure on front line workers. Although The Junction Works has been quite fortunate, we nevertheless have experience disruption. We have had to provide additional support to vulnerable people who don’t understand the changes to their routines, the restrictions on their activities, and why mum and dad can’t visit them in their group home.
We all need the care of others. Care – paid and unpaid - contributes so much to our wellbeing and the wellbeing of our community. Yet it has taken a pandemic to remind us.
The Junction Works is in the business of Care through engaging, attending to, upskilling, comforting and supporting people in a myriad of ways through our disability, community, youth and children’s services…
This is my last ever Annual Report. After 40 years in care work - first as a social worker, then in executive positions with ParaQuad and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and over the past 10 years as CEO of The Junction Works - I have decided it’s time to retire. This will occur by mid-2021.
It has been an honour and privilege to lead such a wonderful organisation. In this time I have met with, talked to and got to know many of the children, young men and women and their families who access services from The Junction Works.
I would like to thank you for this opportunity and I appreciate the way you have engaged with me and staff to grow and improve our services to you and your family. That has been our shared goal…
I am confident that the Board of Directors will select the best person to lead TJW in the next phase of its journey.
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