The year in review

I think we make statements like “where have the last 12 months gone” or “hasn’t the year flown by” but it’s only when you sit and reflect on the last 12 months you realise how much has been achieved. We have all heard the line “what a difference a day makes”; have a look below at the difference an amazing group of people and 365 days can achieve.
This year we have:
·         Cemented our organisational values – Integrity, Empowerment, Compassion, Respect and Collaboration are now at the centre of everything we do
·         Redesigned our website and developed our social media platforms with a new fresh look to promote C2A across the spectrum
·         Relocated to two new sites – our Bendigo and Seaford teams are working out of fresh new premises
·         Developed a new range of “gifts with a conscience”, enabling our participants to be an active part in this social enterprise
·         Our Pod Op Shop in Morwell has been transformed into an art space
·         Art is not the only talent that has been demonstrated with our Wonthaggi team putting on another stunning performance, “Pricilla’s Ballroom”. Traralgon also engaged themselves into the musical theme this year, participating in the Gippsland Music & Drama Eisteddfod with a rendition of the George Ezra hit song “Shotgun”
·         We have had outings a plenty, from Motorcycle GP’s to horse-riding, adventure camps, footy games, garden visits, multicultural days and many others. C2A continues to be about being part of our wider community
·         Our participants have enjoyed much sporting success on the sporting field with many medals being proudly worn
·         Our Business Connections team are a standout not only for their work but also in their new Hi Vis shirts. These shirts have been screen-printed by our Bendigo team who have added our Hi Vis shirts to their already impressive repertoire of products
·         Our organisation has participated in many expos and open days across the state and across our hubs. These have all been positive learning experiences and a valuable way for us to demonstrate our capabilities to the wider community and our partners.

None of this is anyway possible without the dedicate efforts of many people:
·         Firstly, our participants. You are the heart and soul of this organisation and the only reason we exist. I’m sure I speak for all staff in saying you are totally inspirational and never cease to amaze and inspire
·         Our volunteers – whether in one of our Op Shops or at our hubs with participants, you add so much to what our organisation achieves. We appreciate everything you do
·         Our supporters – we are incredibly lucky to have a wide variety of organisations that support our work. We have received donations of equipment, support for our products and organisations providing programs and support for our participants. We are extremely grateful
·         Our staff – you continue to inspire and your dedication and passion for what we do is unparalleled. Whether you are directly supporting our participants or part of our teams that make things happen behind the scenes, we say thank you so much
·         Our Board – who volunteer their valuable time to govern the organisation, we thank you for your commitment and dedication.
I encourage you this Christmas season to invest time on people who you care about. None of us know what’s around the corner and those special moments spent with people who matter will be remembered far more than a gift that may still be in its box.
Merry Christmas to everyone and we look forward to an even better 2020.

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