Toodyay Local Nominated for State-Wide Award

Toodyay Local Nominated for State-Wide Award

The Shire of Toodyay’s Executive Support Officer, Kristee Jolly has this week been selected as a finalist in the Employee Award category of the Constable Care Child Safety Awards 2015. Kristee Jolly has been nominated by partner-organisation, Inclusion WA, for her commitment to the local residents, recreational groups and clubs within the Shire of Toodyay. The Shire of Toodyay and Inclusion WA joined forces in December 2014 in response to Toodyay having the highest rate of youth related crime in the entire Wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

Since December, this partnership has yielded two successful programs – one in the January holiday period and the second during the April school holiday period. The program in January saw 162 attendees while that number grew drastically to 699 in April. The program is aimed at offering people an opportunity to participate in local sport and recreation during the holiday periods, a known period of social isolation and boredom for many, while also developing ongoing relationships between participants and clubs so that participants are more likely to join participating clubs.

“Kristee has been an integral community member and has really led the way. She is well respected and trusted in the community and we see this as a great reward for her fantastic work and commitment to the community”Denver D’Cruz, Inclusion WA.

The Toodyay Inclusive Holiday Program has delivered a massive 1937 hours of inclusive sport and recreation since starting up, not including the significant benefit of people who have joined up as members at local clubs. The program has successfully connected numerous local individuals to clubs and groups which has meant a rise in membership at local clubs along with a long list of other benefits. 

“In this, the awards fourth year, we have been inundated with nominations of an extremely high calibre so Kristee should be very proud of this achievement”Diane Ainsworth, The Constable Care Safety Foundation.

Kristee will attend the Gala Awards Presentation on the 1st of August at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“This is a truly fantastic achievement in such a short space of time. Kristee is a pleasure to work with and we are right behind Kristee and wish her the very best of luck for the night”Ciara King, Inclusion WA.

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