St Michael’s latest group of Shining Stars – those staff who have been judged by their peers to have gone above and beyond to support not only our participants but also their fellow team members – were announced at a staff morning tea on 28 February.

It followed a staff nomination process which saw nominations received from staff members across the categories of Shining Star, Active Support/Outstanding Support, Innovation/Creativity, Leadership/Mentoring and Teamwork.

Those nominated were team members working across the organisation – from Day Programs in Newstead, Chant Street and Devonport to St Michaels Training.

The staff recognised were:

Harry Arneja (Shining Star): Harry is a reliable, flexible and positive person who always presents at his best. This is portrayed in all aspects of Harry’s work and evident by the outcomes achieved by the participants who he supports. Harry is an asset to have on the team in Devonport.

Elizabeth Meek (Innovation/Creativity): Elizabeth’s monthly learner progress reports have been a great initiative in helping our stakeholders keep track of the progress of every learner they have who is enrolled in a current course with the organisation.

Adolphus Hill (Active Support/Outstanding Support): Adolphus used to take Aron swimming regularly but over time Aron not only refused to go in the pool but developed an aversion to pools and water and would become upset even when just going past the aquatic centre. Adolphus has worked with Aron, alongside members of Aron’s house team, to address this issue with Adolphus presenting great images of himself and Aron swimming again.

Amanda Mallett (Leadership/ Mentoring): Mandy leads from the front at Independent Services, working on the floor and mentoring staff on providing active support.
She goes above and beyond with her leadership and engages effectively with both staff and participants. Mandy is an asset to STMA and provides excellent mentoring and leadership to all at IS.

Alex Williams (Teamwork): Alex has worked hard on the Day Program rostering and has been working closely with Day Program Operations Manager Emma in being proactive and organised. Given Alex’s efforts, team members know exactly what the expectations are each day when they arrive at the Newstead Day Program.

Pictured receiving their certificates from the Director Disability Andy Gower are (from left): Amanda
Mallett, Alex Williams, Adolphus Hill and Elizabeth Meek.

CEO Mike Thomas (right) presented Harry Arneja
with his certificate