Very Special Kids Employee Awards

Today we held our annual Employee Awards Ceremony, which recognise a variety of ways staff contribute to Very Special Kids and demonstrate strength in our organisational values.

The Board, staff and volunteers of Very Special Kids value:
Respect by recognising the individual, welcoming diversity and nurturing choice.
Collaboration by building connections, strengthening relationships and partnering.
Community by creating supportive relationships and a sense of belonging.
Compassion by being welcoming and showing warmth, hope and empathy.
Learning by enhancing and sharing our skills, experiences, knowledge and wisdom.
Integrity by acting ethically, honestly, fairly and with accountability.

The award recipients were Adisa Hubanic and Carole Burton for Positive Energy, Kavitha Krishnan for Bright Spark, Jane Baker for Makes It Happen, Catherine Haldane for Most Inspirational, Kevin Carlin and Gillian Newham for Quiet Achiever, Isabel Munoz for Rising Star, and Janet Cowling and Sharon Stynes for Keen Collaborator/Mentor. Kristi Ingrilli, Angela Flood and Svetlana Bykovec were also recipients of the Judges Awards for Excellence.

Our service milestones recognitions went to Bec Coleman for an amazing 15 years and Jess Birnbaum, Lilly Purdam, Mei Goh, Mandy Farrelly, Jacinta Sonego and Lauren Kemp for five years.

Very Special Kids employs 98 staff over 8 locations throughout Victoria, with each and every employee helping to make a valuable difference to the families we support. 

It’s a multidisciplinary workforce with five teams – Family Support Services, Hospice, Fundraising, Corporate and Marketing and Communications. We have a continual focus on building a purpose-focused and values-driven culture that delivers excellence in services for families.

Staff describe the culture as being caring, compassionate, committed, team-orientated, collaborative, inclusive and passionate.

Congratulations to all of the recipients, it was well deserved and we are so lucky that our organisation is filled with people like you!