2009 WA Social Worker of the Year Winner
Winning the Social Worker of the Year Award in 2009 was a wonderful experience. I was surprised to be recognised for work that I loved when I felt that I always had so much to learn. I was impressed and astonished by the professsional, buoyant facilitation and presentations at the inaugural 2009 Awards event. The breadth of social work activities undertaken by finalists was enlightening. Social work is quietly alive with vibrant and thoughtful energy. Anthony Collier
Anglicare – Head, Heart and Hands Award Ben Whitehouse
Department for Child Protection – Rising Star Award Rosalie Dwyer
UWA Alumni – Rural and Remote Practitioner Award Margaret Stockton
Richmond Fellowship – Agent of Change Award
WA Social Worker of the Year Winner
I was surprised and thrilled to be named the WA Social Worker of the Year 2010. It was an honour to be recognised for my work at Djooraminda with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care and families in our Outreach services. It was not only a great achievement for me, but for my family and community. I was able to use the award funds to travel to Canada to meet with Aboriginal organisations to gain information about how they are applying their cultural frameworks as the basis of their work with Aboriginal children and their families.
Richmond Fellowship Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Award Glenda Kickett
KPMG Agent of Change Award Julie McKenzie
GESB Rising Star Award Sophie Heal
Department for Child Protection Head Heart and Hands Award Joanna Delaney
Edith Cowan University Rural and Remote Practitioner Award Emma White
WA Social Worker of the Year Award Winner
Winning the WA Social Worker of the year award was an absolute honour for me. The award boosted my confidence and I am so grateful to my nominator, the sponsors and the awards committee for recognising my social work practice with infants and families.
Richmond Fellowship Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander Award Dawn Bessarab
KPMG Agent of Change Award Natalie Hall
GESB Rising Star Award Felicity Creagh
Department for Child Protection Head Heart and Hands Award Julie Dickinson
Edith Cowan University Rural and Remote Practitioner Award Ida Curtois
WA Social Worker of the Year Award Winner Michelle is described as a life-affirming change agent through her strong and meaningful connection with Children in Care and their families. Michelle is calm and courageous in volatile situations while communicating to children and families that they are heard and there is a way ahead. She enacts her belief that change is always possible even in the most desperate and long entrenched situations. Michelle’s contributions are valued by the team she leads in addressing the needs of some 90 Children in Care. One member describes her supervisory listening as ‘sharing the load and enabling me to get on with my work and not carry the worry home’. More broadly her practice skills are valued as demystifying the Department for Child Protection to other agencies in addressing children’s needs. Ann O’Neill
Richmond Fellowship WA Leading the Way Award Amanda Perlinski
KPMG Agent of Change Award Michelle Charlton
GESB Rising Star Award Kajsa Wevel
Department for Child Protection Head Heart and Hands Award Sophie Straughton
Edith Cowan University Rural and Remote Practitioner Award
2014 WA Social Worker of the Year & Winner of ECU Rural and Remote Practitioner Award
With over 20 years in the health and social work sector, Pippa brings exceptional expertise and dedication to her role with the WA Country Health Service. Pippa established the rural palliative model of care within the South West and provides a key regional and state leadership role in consultation, mentoring and peer support, vital to the development and impact of the social work role in palliative care in Western Australia. Lara Sappal
KPMG Agent of Change Award WINNER
Lara has made a positive difference through education, community development, case management and management. She is enthusiastically committed to growth, learning and empowerment of individuals, groups and communities. Lara was instrumental in setting up the first local government Active Learning Centre for alienated youth, developing and implementing an eight-stage plan with positive results that would become a government benchmark. Valda Duffield
Department for Child Protection and Family Support Head, Heart & Hands Award WINNER
Valda is a very well respected social worker in Gynaecology and oncology services at KEMH. Valda’s strong identity as a social workers and creative and caring nature has helped to instill hope and resilience in a great number of families. In over 28 years working in the industry Valda has established positive networks and consistently demonstrated strong leadership to improve systems and structures in service provision. Daniel Walsh
Richmond Fellowship WA Leading the Way Award WINNER
Daniel is an excellent mentor for his staff, not just in the content specific knowledge their job, but in life skills, people skills and professional development. Daniel places a high value on his staff training and development and inspires his staff with his work ethic, passion to make a difference, sense of social justice, recovery focus and ‘never give up’ attitude. Daniel leads by example and is very well respected, providing an environment where people can thrive, grow, develop and fulfill their potential. Sarah Mitchell
GESB Rising Star Award Winner A 2009 UWA graduate, Sarah has an exemplary reputation as a social worker, taking on clinical responsibility and working closely with staff to enable difficult work to be carried out with sensitivity and professionalism. Sarah has a unique ability to gain the trust of vulnerable children and has a strong commitment to achieving the best outcomes for them and their families. In her increasingly influential role at Wanslea, Sarah is a young practitioner demonstrating the high caliber and skill of a much more experienced social worker.
2015 WA Social Worker of the Year & DCPFS ‘Head, Heart & Hands’ Award Winner
Fran is considered an outstanding social worker, colleague and an exceptional human being with 40 years service in health care. She has continuously demonstrated a commitment to her work and clients displaying great compassion, generosity, integrity and genuineness to all with whom she works. Fran is a state expert in her work in the area of neurodegenerative disorders. She demonstrates exceptional clinical excellence with patients and families as a family therapist, is effective in her multi professional teamwork, and contributes significantly to education and system development within Huntington’s Disease WA. Fran shows incredible empathy and ability to create a safe, nurturing therapeutic environment and is able to ‘walk alongside’ clients and families in their journey together. Fran is an inspirational leader and role model for all health professionals and as one referee stated: ‘for me, Fran is not just a Social Worker of the Year she’s social worker of my professional career’.
Richmond Wellbeing ‘Leading the Way’ Award Winner
Pip has dedicated her professional life to increasing the visibility of people who have experienced considerable violence and abuse of trust during childhood. In her role as founding director of Tuart Place, Pip has been described as ‘walking beside’ her clients, focusing on the lived experience where clients are empowered and encouraged to build a space of healing. She is a leader in an area with high emotions, challenging behaviors, strong voiced beliefs and sometimes conflicts. Pip navigates this landscape in a way that helps Tuart Place clients to feel safer, breaking down barriers between themselves and others. Advocating ‘Above and Beyond’ Pip’s practice has led the way in the sector and become a reference point for the industry.
Wanslea ‘Agent of Change’ Award Winner
Leanne is a peer-work champion tirelessly supporting the implementation of peer support services across the Alcohol and Other Drugs and Mental Health sectors. She clearly understands the distinctive role of peer workers and the need for appropriate supervision and mentoring. Through Leanne’s efforts SMART Groups are now a service in Perth for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues, within which she encourages peer group facilitators to draw on their lived experience for the benefit of group members. She has also worked for several years to overcome organizational and structural barriers by facilitating discussions at management level about the benefits of peer work and educating managers and supervisors about peer workforce issues. Leanne ably brings about cultural change in organisations through this capacity building approach. Her dedication and commitment is outstanding.
ECU ‘Rural & Remote’ Award Winner
Kristen is currently a Senior Practice Development Officer for the West Kimberley District of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support. She has been a leader within her region, in particular during a complex child abuse investigation for which Kristen worked tirelessly toward achieving the best possible outcomes for both children and their families. One referee described her as “person centered, always remaining child focused”. She works effectively and is always culturally sensitive, ethical and respectful with the ability to work across challenging and confronting issues. Her colleagues described as being “at her most creative when there are limited resources and a big task at hand”. Kristen supports a learning culture in her teams and often takes an active role in seeking out new learning opportunities for her students or colleagues. She has a lovely, vibrant energy that enables her to connect and work in a meaningful way with people from all walks of life.
GESB ‘Rising Star’ Award Winner
As a social worker at Princess Margaret Hospital, Kat provides on-going support to the hospital, patients and community. Kat’s nominator described her to be an “empowering woman” who ensures people make the “smart choices” for themselves during trauma. She consistently demonstrates maturity beyond her years, developing and maintaining the trust of her clients even when delivering difficult news or in conflictual situations. Kat delivers over and beyond what is expected of her and is frequently described by her clients as ‘never giving up on them’ even where others may see impossible outcomes. Motivating and inspiring, Kat empowers her clients through her deep and genuine care for them.