Desley Chorlton has worked for Centacare for 20 years and says her clients and colleagues are her favourite part of the job, along with “injecting fun” into the workplace.
Starting out as as an Activities Officer at Centacare’s Aspley Community Centre, Desley has progressed through the organisation to her current role as an Area General Manager for Community Services in the Brisbane North and Moreton Bay regions.
“I still get a buzz when I see the positive difference we make to the lives of our clients,” Ms Chorlton said.
Desley is inspired by her aged care and disability clients every day, especially throughout 2020.
“COVID has really taught us to be resilient and our clients have been a great source of inspiration during this time.”
Desley was one of more than 100 employees celebrating 10, 20, 25 and 30 Years of Service at Centacare as part of its annual recognition program.
This years’ program is a departure from Centacare’s traditional central awards event. COVID-19 restrictions prompted a rethink of the Centacare Awards and opened up the opportunity for an organisation-wide program that celebrates the collective achievements of all employees under the theme, Stronger together in 2020.
Local events were held both virtually and in-person as an opportunity for teams to reflect on the year and recognise employees celebrating significant service milestones. Videos including a message from Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge were shared with teams across South east Queensland.
More than 70 employees and volunteers across Centacare Community Services, Pastoral Ministries, Family and Relationship Services, Catholic Early EdCare and corporate services celebrated 10 years of service.
Several employees from different parts of the organisation marked 20 and 25 years of service, while two Pastoral Ministries volunteers were recognised for 30 years of dedication to caring and showing compassion for members of the community who need it most.
Centacare Executive Director Peter Selwood was pleased to be able to attend various local events and hear about the unique contributions of each employee and volunteer.
“Stronger together in 2020 has been a great opportunity for the whole organisation to step back and see the remarkable way they contribute to the community.
“Whether they’re on the front line or behind the scenes, each employee and volunteer is to be congratulated on the way they live out Centacare’s mission and values each day.
“Additionally, seeing the high volume of Years of Service recipients is a reflection of the commitment and drive our employees and volunteers demonstrate each day which is truly an inspiration to all.” Mr Selwood said.