The 2023 Mollie Dyer Awards

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This year saw the return of VACCA's Mollie Dyer Awards, which were held last month following our Annual General Meeting.

The awards honour VACCA's extraordinary co-founder, Auntie Mollie Dyer, by recognising the excellent work of VACCA staff in supporting Aboriginal children, young people and families. In total, 19 awards were given out across 3 categories and a further 8 sub-categories - meaning each VACCA region, as well as statewide client and non client facing services, had an award winner to be proud of!

The Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader award was granted to staff members under the age of 25 who demonstrated a high level of competency, insight and understanding in their work. These Emerging leaders have a commitment to ongoing learning and will shape the future here at VACCA. This year's winners are:

Ovens Murray - Mackayla Westbury

Gippsland - Lauren Lawler

North - Tori Brooks 

South - Jo Woods

East - Jada Heffernan-Wooden

West - Cleo Olive 

Statewide & Practice Development - Breanna Browning

Non-Client Services - Kaitlyn Boyer 


The Excellence Award

The Excellence Award was granted to staff for their outstanding excellence in upholding VACCA's vision, purpose, and principles in the delivery of their work. This year's winners are:

Ovens Murray – Letecia Ritchens 

Gippsland – Amanda Hill

North – Joshua Gallagher

South – Tamika Kerr

VACCA East – Paul Gregory

VACCA West – Michelle Goodman 

Statewide & Practice Development – Abigail Dent  

Non-Client Services – Alli-Jade Briggs 


The Mollie Dyer Award

The Mollie Dyer Award recognises staff members who are considered to uphold VACCA’s vision, purpose, and principles in the most outstanding and consistent way for their services to clients directly, or for their work in supporting the delivery of high-quality services. This year's winners are:

Runner Up – Abigail Dent

Runner Up – Amanda Hill

Winner – Tamrah Johnson




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