February 1, 2019

At the end of last year, the 2018 Everyday Independence Excellence Awards were awarded to team members who had gone over and above in their work at Everyday Independence. The Awards are peer nominated and acknowledge the achievements of our team members. Each nomination, provided evidence in three or more of the following areas:

      • Outstanding commitment to developing self.
      • Actively contributes to EI’s Why and vision to be the Best in the World.
      • Works collaboratively and demonstrates evidence of living the EI values.
      • Evidence of impact and / or innovation over the last 12 months.
      • Outstanding person-centred, evidence-based service delivery.
      • Outstanding leadership and / or integrity – upholds quality, safety and ethics in their practice.

      With over 80 nominations across five categories we wanted to congratulate all team members who were nominated for an award and acknowledge our award recipients.

      The 2018 Everyday Independence Excellence Award recipients are:

      Claire Dalliston – Clinical Excellence Award (Victoria)

      Claire actively contributes to the Everyday Independence’s Why and vision to by the best therapy provider in the world. She works collaboratively and demonstrates evidence of living the Everyday Independence values. Claire is an Occupational Therapist and has been instrumental in implementing the lead therapy model which has proven a huge success with our therapy team growing in confidence and capacity.

      Claire received this award in recognition of going over and above in her commitment to supporting people with a disability to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life.

      Karen Gordon – Excellence in the Participant Experience Award (Victoria)

      Karen is the Intake Team Leader and day after day Karen and her team manage more and more referrals. This award recognises Karen’s outstanding commitment to person centred practice and customer service.

      Being an excellent communicator Karen provides a positive experience to each and every person she deals with. Karen is always intent on listening to the person’s story making everybody feel valued and important.

      Jessica Vecoli – Living our Values Award (Victoria)

      Jessica is constantly striving to develop herself as an Occupational Therapist. Jess has demonstrated to be extremely person centred with her families, through using a coach approach and always ensuring the participant is at the centre. This award recognises Jess’s commitment to living out the Everyday Independence values to support people with a disability and their families to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life.

      Jess works extremely collaboratively with her immediate team, other team members from other sites and has a fantastic working alliance with all her participants and Coordinators of Support.

      Sally Smith – Outstanding Contribution to our Organisation Award (Victoria)

      Sally works extremely hard to build team members capacities to understand Everyday Independence’s Why, our values and helps implement these into their everyday practices. Sally¬† provides 100% person centred practice in her role as an Occupational Therapist and provides the evidence to her families, participants and team members.

      Sally received this award in recognition of her commitment to living out the Everyday Independence values to support people with a disability and their families to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life. Sally always works with integrity whether it is with a participant or team member and is a strong leader and driver for positive change.

      Harley Hayes – New Graduate Award

      Harley never loses sight of Everyday Independence’s Why. Harley is an Occupational Therapist and is an excellent communicator and works with a sense of urgency and integrity. Harley always maintains a vision of the big picture and he has positively influenced referrals and stakeholder engagement.

      Harley received this award in recognition of going over and above in his commitment to supporting people with a disability to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life.

      Claire Alderson – New Graduate Award

      Claire’s commitment to developing herself as an Occupational Therapist has been outstanding. This award recognises Claire going over and above in her commitment to supporting people with a disability to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life.

      As a new graduate she has joined the positive behaviour support learning community and has spent a significant amount of time learning and developing in this space to better herself and her participants.

      She actively contributes to Everyday Independence’s Why and is never one to shy away from helping and supporting her team members.

      April O’Neill – Clinical Excellence Award (New South Wales)

      April received this award in recognition of going over and above in her commitment to supporting people with a disability to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life.

      April has demonstrated incredible drive to learn and is not afraid of a challenge. She takes absolutely everything in her stride and shows maturity beyond her years. She has continued to go from strength to strength in her role as an Occupational Therapist and has built up an excellent reputation in the Newcastle region in the area of Supported Independent Living and Specialist Disability Accommodation. She always puts the participant at the centre of her practice and lives and breathes Everyday Independence values in everything that she does.

      Matthew Wong – Living our Values Award (New South Wales)

      Matt quietly conducts his work with outstanding person centred, evidence-based service delivery. This is evidenced by the feedback he receives from participants and team members. He participates in his own learning in ways that has seen tremendous development over the last year.

      Matt received this award in recognition of his commitment to living out the Everyday Independence values to support people with a disability and their families to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life. Matt shows all areas of excellence in the work that he does with participants as well as his personal development as an Occupational Therapist.

      Emma Benjamin – Outstanding Contribution to our Organisation Award (New South Wales)

      Emma showed great commitment to the professional implementation of the new internal Care Management Software, Enrite Care. Emma received this award in recognition of her commitment to delivering a new system that will help Everyday Independence to provide an excellent therapy service.

      Emma in her role as Administration – systems lead has contributed to Everyday Independence’s Why and has exemplified what it means to be a team player.