Each month we will recognise the accomplishments of our employees we hear about all the time but don’t get the chance to recognise formally. They’re the staff who make a positive difference in the lives of their residents, clients, and colleagues.
They are part of a care team who work together to ensure that every single aspect of a client’s care is considered; from carers, support workers, nurses, dementia specialists, allied health professionals, and hospitality staff to the wonderful administrators, professionals and management who support them.
We invite everyone to share their experiences of an Ozheart and help us recognise Ozcare employees who are doing exceptional work no matter what their job description.
Her knowledge and skills make her a good nurse, but it’s her compassion and dedication that make her a great nurse.
Adonna Ruff is our September Ozheart, nominated by clinical nurse manager Vicky Alley after receiving a particularly special thank you card from a client’s family.
This month we were deeply moved by the outstanding Ozheart nomination we received for Deborah (Deb) Leeds, Support Worker at Madonna House Women’s Refuge.
Deb’s joint nomination from her supervisor, colleague and client was so heartfelt that it was unanimously voted by the leadership team as this month’s Ozheart winner.
Mary’s nominations were hard to go past; Mary recently turned 70 but shows no signs of slowing down.
Mary goes out of her way to put a smile on her client’s faces, and loves to take them on social outings. Whether it’s fishing, accompanying them to Government House for the over 100’s birthday recognitions, or just taking them by the hand and making them feel that they are the most important person in the room.
Ted Sheehan, bus driver at our Day Respite Centre in Burleigh Heads, was nominated by Ozcare client Fletch for going above and beyond for his passengers.
Ted’s co-workers describe him as generous, approachable, welcoming, helpful, easy to talk to, humorous, accepting, empathetic, engaging and overall great to work with.
Clients tell us he is wonderful, caring, happy, pleasant, huggable, obliging, a good driver, a joy to see and everything the centre needs.
An incredibly worthy Ozheart, Rob is an asset to South Brisbane Homeless Men's Hostel and the people who walk through its doors looking for help.
Rob always has his clients’ best interests at heart and he’s always looking out for his co-workers.
He’s described as “fantastic”, “helpful”, “a real go getter”, and “someone who lights up the room”; all admirable qualities and most definitely qualities worthy of an Ozheart award - congratulations this month go to Kerry Frost, care worker at our Townsville Day Respite Centre and our very first male Ozheart.
A heartfelt congratulations to Leah Tasker, cook at our Keith Turnbull Place Aged Care Facility for winning the Ozheart award for March.
Leah was nominated by her manager for the effort she has put into creating moulded texture C (smooth pureed) foods for her facility.
Congratulations to Vivian Webley, Ozcare in home support worker from Emerald, who has taken out our very first award for Ozheart of the Month.
Vivian is described as “a very special kind of person, who is vigilant, knowledgeable and someone who makes a very big difference in the lives of others.”
At Ozcare we like to think we do things with heart.
And it’s important that we do, since we help the people in our society who need it the most. They are seniors, veterans, carers, people living with dementia, disadvantaged Australians, people with disability, mental illness or health condition, the homeless, women and children experiencing domestic violence, and people facing drug and alcohol addiction.
We give them the supports they need to continue staying in their own homes, or provide a warm and welcoming home with 24 hour care. We enable them to live free from domestic violence, to find and maintain a permanent home, to make the most out of their lives and achieve their goals and dreams.
It takes a special kind of person, and organisation, to provide the vast range of services we do, and it’s for this reason we launched our Ozheart program, to recognise the very biggest hearts in Ozcare and the exceptional work they do.
We accept nominations from clients, Ozcare employees, and the public at any time through the Ozheart nomination form. At the beginning of each month, a winner will be chosen from the previous month’s nominations and published on our blog, Facebook, and throughout our organisation. Sign up to our mailing list to be notified of the winners.
The Ozheart program is designed to recognise Ozcare employees who embody the spirit of our organisation:
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