September 19, 2023
An annual awards dinner was held at the Kingaroy RSL Club recently as a culmination to Child Safety Week activities.
The prestigious Joy Kite Award, presented for exceptional practice with families, was presented to Toni Cauley, from Cherbourg Community Health.
The award is named after much-respected South Burnett domestic violence support worker, Joy Kite, who died in 2012.
Other awards presented on the night included:
- Leadership Award – Nick Krauksts (South Burnett CTC)
- Rookie Of The Year – Emily Alfred
- Carers’ Award – Naomi Beresford and Wendy Crawford
The Carers’ Award is presented in memory of former CTC Partners In Foster Care manager Susan Jerome who died in 2021.
The evening, which attracted 120 guests, was compered by Sean Wicks, from Kingaroy State High School, with Dr Justin Coulson, from “Happy Families” as the guest speaker.
Other local activities during Child Protection Week included two workshops by Dr Coulson for support workers; shopping centre stalls in Murgon, Wondai, Nanango and Kingaroy; and the distribution of copies of a book, “Resilience Project” to local schools.