Catholic Social Service calls for award nominations

Frank Quinlan, CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia, yesterday announced that nominations are now open for its 2006 awards for individuals and organisations working in social services.

Mr Quinlan said the awards, which are now in their sixth year, pay special tribute to outstanding people, programs and organisations working tirelessly for a better life for vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged Australians.

"These awards are about the untold stories, highlighting innovation, excellence and leadership," Mr Quinlan said.

Three awards are on offer, two are open only to Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) member organisations and the third is open to all individuals working in the social services sector.

The Norma Parker Award for excellence in service is open to CSSA member organisations as is the award for the most innovative program in the social services field.

The Perkins Award, also for excellence in service, is open to all social services sector workers.

Norma Parker (pictured), in whose memory the award was established, was a Catholic social welfare pioneer who studied social work in the US in the late 1920s and returned with her colleague Constance Moffitt as Australia's first professionally trained social workers.

Upon their return, they worked to launch Australia's first Catholic family welfare bureau in Melbourne in 1936. The Sydney Catholic Family Welfare Bureau was also set up on their initiative in the early 1940s.

Among previous winners, Phil Glendenning of the Edmund Rice Centre received the 2005 Perkins award for services in the justice area while St Vincent's Adolescent Care at Marist Youth Centre in Sydney received the excellence award in 2004.

Catholic Social Service Awards (Media Release, 12/9/06)

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13 Sep 2006