Saturday, 22 December 2012

Windgap Foundation Christmas Celebrations

I recently had the pleasure of attending the annual Windgap Foundation Christmas Celebration with the Acting Mayor of the City of Botany Bay, Clr. George Glinatsis. 

The Windgap Foundation, now in its 59th year, was founded in 1953 as a means of supporting disabled children who had been turned away from public schools. From humble roots it has grown to be one of the most successful and effective community-based disability support services anywhere in the country. Today, Windgap provides a myriad of important services including high and low care accommodation, respite care, day care as well as supported employment placements. 

As well as being an opportunity to bring together Windgap clients, their families and staff the evening was a time to recognise some special contributions. Mr Chris Brown and his wife Heather were awarded Life Membership. Chris has been a Director of Windgap since 1987 and Chairman since 1997. Mrs Heather Brown has been a Director since 1990 and serves as Secretary to the Board. Both Chris and Heather are to be commended for the mammoth contributions they have made respectively towards the betterment of the most needy in our community. 

I also wish to congratulate the following people who also received much deserved recognition on the night:
    - 50 years of Service Award – Mr Neil Brown and Ms Elinda Lissing
- The Supported Employee Spirit of Windgap Award -  Ms Julie Geddes
- The Spirit of Windgap Employee Award – Ms Louise Stratton and Ms Louise Vlatko
- 10 years of Service Award – Ms Patricia Phillips and Ms Bronwyn Thompson
- 30 years of Service Award – Ms Michelle Alderdice

The Windgap Foundation does an immense amount of work to support those who need it most in our community but can only continue to do so with the assistance of volunteers. Find out how you could volunteer to assist their important work here:

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