Mr Wallace said he launched the awards to recognise individuals and organisations leading the way in making the Fisher electorate a place to be for education, employment and retirement.
“We all know those local people who are giving something back – the leaders in our community who inspire us and who set the example for all of us to follow. We have them in our schools, in our businesses and community groups, in our health care providers and our aged care residences,” said Minister Wallace.
“This year’s award ceremony took place on March 21, 2018, following a process of public nominations. After I had collected more than 100 nominations from local Sunshine Coast residents, I convened a panel made up of representatives of my Youth, Business and Seniors Councils to help me choose shortlisted nominees and winners from among the people who were nominated.”
Seasons Aged Care was represented on the night by Community Manager Tammy McGill, Care Services Manager Michelle Woods and Community Consultant Deb Blundell.
Community Consultant Deb Blundell said it was an honour to be nominated for the award and be recognised as making a difference in the local community.
“I had met with Minister Wallace in January and he came to Seasons and was very impressed with what he saw,” says Mrs Blundell.
“It was a great accolade for Seasons Caloundra to be nominated and then to make the finals. We were recognised for our ability to offer local seniors flexibility and choice in aged care and tailoring their care plans to their individual needs.”
Seasons lost out to local volunteer group Coastal Caring Clowns, who are well known for their entertaining visits to hospitals and aged care facilities – offering some old-fashioned silliness to provide a distraction from physical or emotional pain.
In thanking all the nominees for their involvement, Minister Wallace said he was inspired by the difference all the finalists were making in the Sunshine Coast community.
“Listening to the stories of how our finalists have made a difference in our community, either through education, business and employment or through volunteering with senior service groups, it became clear how passionate our community is about giving back and offering a helping hand to those in need,” says Minister Wallace.
“The event provided me with a new insight and understanding of how vital it is that we harness our community spirit and take the time to reflect and give thanks to those people who really do go above and beyond in all aspects of their lives.”