June 14, 2019
South Burnett CTC held its annual CTC Day at Wondai Town Hall last week to look back over the past 12 months and prepare for the next year.
CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that provides support for families, youth and foster carers in the South Burnett.
It also provides respite options, runs the The Gumnut Place disability enterprise in Murgon and is one of the region’s largest employers.
The annual CTC Day provides an opportunity for employees from each of the arms of the organisation to socialise, get to know each other, complete team-building activities and enjoy lunch.
The theme for the 2019 event was “well-being” and it featured talks from guest speakers on subjects connected with the topic, including financial well-being, superannuation and yoga.
Volunteers from the QCWA Country Kitchens program discussed healthy eating and conducted a cooking demonstration.
A road safety talk by the officer-in-charge of Kingaroy Police, Senior Sergeant David Tierney – who is also a CTC Board member – moved some people in the room to tears.
Snr Sgt Tierney shared his personal experiences of attending road crashes, of losing people he knew and of breaking the tragic news to families.
As he explained … crashes are never “accidents”.
The CTC employees then shared lunch before the highlight of the day: the annual presentation of awards.
Five-year and 10-year service awards were presented as well as Service Awards to outstanding employees in each section.
This year’s Service Awards winners were presented by CEO Nina Temperton to Melita Menere (Youth & Family Services, Kingaroy), Josh Brown (Gumnut Place), Melinda Bradford (HQ), Angie Fisher (Partners In Foster Care), Jen Lonsdale-Light (CROSB), Sandy Nebe (Connections) and Crete Phillips (Residential).
The main award on the day is the Howard Leisemann STAR Award.
“STAR” stands for “Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Reliability” and is given to an employee who has demonstrated these qualities over a long period.
It was first awarded by CTC in 2010.
The 2019 winner was Jane Sims, the team leader for administration/finance with CTC Disability Services.