Rise staff came together this week to enjoy the inaugural SummaRise and mid-year event at Midland Town Hall. The event kicked off with updates from the Leadership Group followed by a delicious lunch and an entertaining general knowledge quiz complete with obligatory from MC for the day Justin O’Meara-Smith.
SummaRise is the new name for our internal communications forum. This is an opportunity for staff to hear from members of the Leadership Group and ask questions that they may have about the organisation.
Updates and recognition
CEO Justine Colyer introduced the forum and gave an update of Rise’s new Vision and Values which will be officially launched later in the year. She also welcomed new Board Members and thanked staff for their continued hard work and support. Justin O’Meara-Smith followed with an update about the People with Disability team, more of which can be read here in our recent blog post. He also introduced Sarah Patterson, Operations Manager for our new Cockburn Hub, and gave an update on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Leadership Group prepare to give their updates
Helen Dymond of Aged Care gave information about the Home and Community Care (HACC) eligibility guidelines and congratulated Rebecca Ewen on her recent win at the ACSWA Aged Care Awards.
Helen Dymond congratulates Rebecca Ewen on her award win
Mental Health and Youth manager Penny Webb talked about the growth within the Mental Health team as we become more active in NDIS trial sites. She acknowledged the work of the Youth team in building partnerships with organisations to offer enhanced services including Ryde which helps young people to learn to drive. She also thanked corporate volunteers and supporters BHP Billiton for their help in refurbishing Kira House, our Safe House for young women and recognised Lorraine Drew’s Youth Worker award win at the end of last year.
Corporate Services Manager Simon Robbins thanks his team for their hard work
Chief Financial Officer Polly Klante recognised the development of new tools and processes which are helping the organisation to be more efficient whilst Director of Corporate Governance Brendan Marrion highlighted the opportunity for staff to gain help from Rise in leading a healthy lifestyle.
Corporate Services Manager Simon Robbins thanked the Property team for their hard work in managing an increased number of properties. And last but by no means least, Sean Loke told of the improvements in digital marketing and communications with a new website being launched this year and ever improving reach and engagement on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels. He also gave special mention to the Project Management Office who work tirelessly to ensure internal projects stay on track.
A fabulous lunch from Donato’s Event Catering followed and then Justin took the floor and was a entertaining MC for the afternoon’s activities. A quiz, games and a raffle filled were next up with lots of chocolate based prizes won. Quiz team, the aptly named ‘Brendan’s Babes‘, were the runaway winners and were pleased to collect their selection of rewards for their triumph.
A big thank you to everyone who helped to organise and run the event and also to everyone who came along to enjoy it.