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Posted 15 Jun 2016

Australian Home Care Service’s staff were celebrated at the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards yesterday.

Australian Home Care’s Wayne Gould was among those celebrated at the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards yesterday when he received a highly commended award in the Excellence in Advocacy and Promotion of Human Rights category.

Wayne is pictured (above right) receiving his award from the Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley.

Speaking at the event, Minister Foley acknowledged the work of the Award recipients, saying, “It’s exciting to see the commitment these winners and many others have to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community.”

Wayne, a Client Services Manager based at our Traralgon office, created ‘Camp Inclusion’, which gave seven clients the chance to enjoy a three-day holiday at Grantville on Victoria’s Western Port Bay.

In what was a big occasion for AHCS, Disability Support Worker, Thompson Tarplah, was also among the seven finalists for the Excellence in Advocacy and Promotion of Human Rights category for his ability to deliver consistent service excellence to the most vulnerable members of our society.

AHCS Chief Executive, Julie Andrews, says the award is fantastic recognition for our staff. “This is a great achievement for Wayne and Thompson and we’re delighted to have them recognised as leaders in our sector.  All of us at AHCS should take a moment to reflect on the real difference our work makes to people’s lives.  It’s something we can all take pride in.”

The work of our parent company, MS Australia, was also celebrated when it secured a highly commended award for its MS Connect Webinar information service.

Meanwhile, Service Coordinator, Leonnie Wickenden, was also nominated for the Volunteer Award for her work in the Home of Hope Transition Project supporting orphaned children with disabilities living in Uganda.

The Awards, a joint initiative of National Disability Services and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, celebrate excellence and acknowledge the achievements of individuals, teams and organisations empowering people with a disability achieve their goals and aspirations.

From left:  Fiona Lynch, EGM Care Services, Wayne Gould, Client Services Manager Traralgon, Thompson Tarplah, Disability Support Worker, Jane Lajoie, National Operations Manager, Care Services.