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Uniting recognised for leadership
Uniting Wimmera’s leadership team

Uniting Wimmera accepts Leading Teams award.

26 June 2018 – Uniting Wimmera was recognised for its powerful work in the community and consistent high performance at the fourth annual Leading Teams Awards on Friday in Melbourne.

The community service branch of Uniting Vic.Tas was was one of three groups awarded with a High Performing Team Award, alongside Velocity Rewards Program and Flight Centre.

Leading Teams, a highly acclaimed national facilitator of a Performance Improvement Program, hosts the awards bi-annually. With more than 400 organisations currently participating the program, Leading Teams recognises teams and individuals who embrace the program and focus on qualities to consistently perform at a high standard in their relevant fields.

Each facilitator nominates teams they believe are deserving of an award, while everyone at Leading Teams votes to select the winners.

Facilitator and Leading Teams Partner Daniel Healy presented the highly coveted award to representatives of the Uniting Wimmera team at the ceremony at the RACV club in Melbourne.

Mr Healy cited Uniting Wimmera’s challenges over the past two years and the team’s ability to be resilient and responsive throughout a period of substantial internal and external change.

He said Uniting Wimmera had achieved excellent results in: Engaging new partners in the ChildFIRST Alliance and increasing enrolments and staff engagement in early learning - despite increased competition in the region. Uniting Wimmera were also recognised for improving practice to better integrate the voice of the consumer throughout its service design.

Uniting Wimmera Executive Officer Wendy Sturgess said the award was an exciting surprise to her and team – but well deserved

“Receiving the award at Friday’s ceremony gave us an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come as a team since Daniel first started working with us”, said Wendy.

“We have broken down silos and we work together through trusting relationships and genuine conversations – all to the betterment of our teams and most importantly, our clients and community across Wimmera.

“We were presented with a strategic opportunity during our program because we were rolling out the purpose and values of Uniting Vic.Tas. They have become a critical part of guiding both our decision making and behaviours. We have worked hard to model those behaviours and then cascade to our teams. What we’ve created is a culture of all working together to achieve the same goals and a sense of accountability.”

Uniting Wimmera Client Engagement & ChildFIRST Manager Josh Koenig was also recognised at the awards in a new individual category. Josh participated in the Wimmera Development Association’s Business Leaders Group in 2016, sponsored by Uniting Wimmera. Mr Healy nominated Josh for the award, acknowledging Josh’s natural tendency as an introvert but who had developed into an outstanding leader who now represents his community both as a Manager at Uniting Wimmera and as a Horsham Rural City Councillor.

Channel 7 journalist and presenter Nathan Templeton emceed the event in Melbourne which boasted representatives from a variety of organisations such as the Australian Diamonds, Richmond Football Club, Virgin Velocity Rewards and Flight Centre.

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