SOUTH Eastern Community Care (SEC Care) has been recognised as one of the top social change makers at the 2018 Telstra Business Awards, presented in Hobart recently.
SEC Care chief executive officer Helen Pollard said she was thrilled the organisation was recognised as a finalist, as the competition this year had been impressive.
“To be recognised among some of Tasmania’s most influential organisations, including Cancer Council Tasmania, is an incredible achievement for SEC Care – we are thrilled,” she said.
“Community care is the lifeblood for many Tasmanians living in rural and regional communities and we are so grateful to the Telstra Business Awards for the recognition and the opportunity to share our story.
“For nearly 50 years, SEC Care has been supporting communities to enjoy the life they want to live, and in 2018 we are proud to be leading the way for community care and support services in Tasmania.
“We have gone through some big transformations over the past two years and this achievement feels like we have come full circle – to say we are proud is an understatement.”
SEC Care started in 1970 when local GP Dr Fergus Mitchell decided that he wanted to make a difference in the community.
SEC Care started out of car boots, supporting and caring for people in rural and regional parts of south eastern Tasmania.
Forty-eight years down the track, SEC Care has more than 140 staff and volunteers, three day centres, a head office and more than 900 clients with diverse needs.
“Throughout the organisation’s growth, we have maintained our integrity as a Tasmanian not-for-profit who cares greatly for the health and prosperity of our local communities,” Ms Pollard said.
“As the chief executive officer of SEC Care, I am so proud of all our staff and volunteers for their dedication, passion and hard work.
“This is a testament to them.”
For more information on SEC Care, visit the website at www.secommunitycare.com.au or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/secommunitycare.com.
Caption: SEC Care Day Centre coordinators, from left, Kathy Maas, Audrey Bellette, Denise Castle and Cheryl Salter.