“With the support of the community and our ongoing delivery on government contracts, we continue to develop a sustainable financial model and have staff and volunteers that demonstrate their incredible commitment to country people every day, clearly exhibiting the behaviours associated with our values of compassion, adaptability, relationships and excellence.”
Another highlight of the year was opening of the ac.care Murraylands Centre, consolidating staff from various sites at one central location, which helped enhance a “one team” approach and provided convenient access to various services at one premises for clients.
Key appointments of Aboriginal staff, including senior Aboriginal advisor Kathy Rigney, were also acknowledged.
In his annual report, Mr Maddocks acknowledged the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic had a devastating impact on regional communities, which would take years to recover, but the agency adapted to continue to support country people through the challenging and unpredictable times.
“The resilience of ac.care and its people has shone through this time,” he said.
“Our team quickly adapted to new ways of working whilst remaining focused on supporting our clients and we were able to keep the doors open at our sites and maintain service delivery.”
This month’s annual general meeting marked a significant milestone for the agency as long-serving board convenor Michael Bleby of Millicent stepped down after 25 years as chairman.
“The contribution Mike made to country communities through his leadership of ac.care cannot be measured,” Mr Maddocks said.
“He has steered ac.care through significant changes and substantial growth of the organisation that now has over 250 staff working across multiple regions after the agency began in Mount Gambier in 1986.”
Mount Gambier’s Rick Fisher was appointed as the new board convenor, while Mike continues to serve on a committee focused on the care governance of ac.care.
“My aim is to ensure we can be confident we connect with people and their communities, guide children to safe and fulfilling lives, support families and help reduce need in regional areas,” Mr Fisher said.
The full annual report is available online.
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