Volunteers recognised

April 11, 2013 by Ayal Tusia
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Melbourne’s Jewish Care acknowledged its staff and volunteers for their exceptional contributions at its recent annual Staff and Volunteers Service and Excellence Awards ceremony.


Ethos Award Co-Recipients Rabbi Yoni Reyder and Feygl Cylich with Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant (in the middle)

“Jewish Care has been so fortunate in the support that we receive from our 615 staff and 415 volunteers who contribute their skills and talents so generously,” said Jewish Care CEO, Bill Appleby. “I cannot thank you enough for your ongoing commitment to the provision of dignified, quality care and support of our community.”

In recognition of the amazing work of Jewish Care staff and volunteers, the Service and Excellence Awards were presented to the true stars of our organisation who lead by example:

Excellence Award recipients 2013:
President’s Award –Joanne Strauss;

The Samuel H. Harris Award –Jenni Colliver;

CEO Customer Service Award – Joint recipients: Galit Sarig and Jina Lo,

Ethos Award – Joint recipients: Feygl Cylich and Rabbi Yoni Reyder;

Team of the Year Award:  Management and Staff of Smorgon Nursing Home;
Volunteer of the Year – Yvonne Rosengarten.



Volunteer of the Year Yvonne Rosengarten


Bill Appleby, John Serry, Luba Shamsiev and Mike Debinski

Keynote speaker Rachael Robertson motivated the audience to reach higher, with her own inspirational story of leading an Australian Antarctic Expedition. For 9 months, Rachael experienced an intense leadership journey in total isolation, in the coldest, driest, windiest place on earth, reliant upon 17 other people she hardly knew. Rachael highlighted the significance of team work which is crucially important in achieving common goals.
The evening concluded with the announcement of the recipients of the Jewish Care Ethos mission to Israel: General Manager, Community Services, Maureen Flaherty and Manager of Organisational Development, Sammantha Hewitt

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