Bassendean Early Learning Centre surprise winners in MercyCare Excellence Awards
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Bassendean Early Learning Centre surprise winners in MercyCare Excellence Awards

by Freya Lucas

September 26, 2022

More than 300 staff from across MercyCare’s wide range of aged care, disability and early childhood services came together recently for the organisation’s second annual award event, which provides the opportunity to recognise staff and volunteers who have gone above and beyond, embody MercyCare’s values and provide a positive and quality experience for service users.


Held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre during Mercy Week – a significant event that celebrates MercyCare’s rich history and heritage – the gala was hosted by colourful entertainer Famous Sharron, who lifted the energy in the room with her “infectious energy and cheeky humour.”


Dr Richard Walley OAM led a moving Acknowledgement of Country before introducing the first act of the evening, En’Coda, who delivered an immersive musical performance that captivated everyone in the room, which was decked out in an eclectic Japanese-inspired theme that included a vibrant street scene backdrop and twinkling Cherry Blossom tree lights scattered throughout.    


Dr Anne Aly, Federal Minister for Early Childhood Education, was the keynote speaker, delivering a powerful story about her special connection to early learning and residential aged care before acknowledging the incredible work that MercyCare staff do both behind the scenes and on the frontline to support the most vulnerable members of the Western Australian community.  


CEO Anthony Smith then took the stage to share his deep appreciation for every staff member and volunteer and their significant contribution to MercyCare, congratulating the more than 90 staff and volunteers who received nominations.


Following the main awards a surprise announcement was made, which recognised the staff who work on the frontline across MercyCare’s Early Learning, Family and Community Services, Aged Care and Disability Services.


Educators Dona Atukorale, Aayana May and Ting Ting Guan from Bassendean Early Learning Centre were celebrated, along with Disability Support Worker Graham Wilson and the  Joondalup Residential Aged Care Home, which was awarded ‘Home of the Year 2022’.


For more information about MercyCare’s early childhood services please see here

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