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Orana Client Awards Winners

Orana’s Annual Client Awards are open to clients of Orana and Down Syndrome SA in recognition of their achievements; personally, at Orana and Down Syndrome SA, and in the community. Nominations were open until October 2019 from within the Orana and Down Syndrome SA community for the categories of Health and Wellness, Employment and Community Inclusion. These prestigious awards were announced and presented to the clients at their local service to coincide with the CEO’s visit. Winners and Runners Up from each category were awarded prizes to acknowledge their achievements. These clients were then eligible to be selected for the Client of the Year and Runner Up Client of the Year awards.

Orana is proud to announce the Client of the Year Award 2019 winner is Tania Pavic from Netley Business Services. In addition, congratulations to Client of the Year Award 2019 joint runners up Melissa Thompson (Port Augusta Day Options) and Adam Nagy (Metro Accommodation / Netley Business Service).


Health and Wellness Award:

Joint Winners:

Melissa Thompson (Pt Augusta Day Options):

Melissa started going to the physio and with her hard work and determination has improved her fitness and movement. She has also lost some weight which has enabled her to achieve her goals of being more active in the community and exercising more. Melissa has started running, rowing, boxing and weights. When she first started she chose not to run. Melissa has been making healthy food choices and likes to learn about healthy eating and nutrition. Melissa is also a part of the Inclusive Basketball competition, actively encouraging others to participate. Melissa is very proud of her achievements at basketball. She reports on the number of goals she has scored and shows her warm-up stretches. Melissa also enjoys participating in swimming through Orana and her confidence is growing in the water after learning some basic swimming techniques.

Adam Nagy (Metro South IHS / Netley Business Services)

Adam has lost over 20kg since this time last year. He has been following a healthy eating program, exercising and making more informed choices when eating out. Although unable to read, Adam still chooses healthy options after learning about carbohydrate and fat contents. He has been extremely dedicated and is very proud of his achievements.


Employment Award:

Winner: Tania Pavic (Netley Business Services)

Tania gives a new meaning to ‘going the extra mile’. She puts all of her effort into the oil room – even coming in on her days off and staying late, working overtime when required. She is a dedicated and conscientious employee.

Runner Up: Katelyn Hartshorne (Loxton Business Services)

Katelyn is polite, always respectful and helpful to staff and her co-workers. Katelyn will ask questions and do anything asked of her. She is very productive in all of the tasks she performs. On average, she can produce 1,750 dollies per day and is also very competent in sewing, producing over 500 bags per hour. Katelyn has been nominated on the Social Club Committee by her peers for the past two years and takes it upon herself to help with the lunch orders and coffee roster. She has a good work ethic and has recently increased her work hours to an extra day per week, as she likes to keep busy. Katelyn is an honest, trustworthy individual and an absolute pleasure to have at the Loxton Business Service.


Community Inclusion Award:

Winner: Joshua Doddrell (Para Hills West Business Service)

Joshua has been volunteering with multiple organisations for many years. He has been helping at the Royal Adelaide Show for over five years and has just been promoted to Team Leader. Joshua helps Variety set up for their events. He also volunteers at his former school in the library, as well as helping at the local kindy. Joshua also volunteers at the Port Adelaide Football Club. His involvement in the community is quite extraordinary.

Runner Up: Michael Shephard (Para Hills West Business Service)

Michael has been playing football (over 150 games), volunteering and has been involved in the Gepps Cross Rams Club for almost 10 years. Michael participates in scoreboard duties, water running and washing the boots and guernseys. Michael is well-known at his club and he is always happy to talk about his involvement.

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