The 2017 MPREC Conference, held on the 20th and 21st of December, was a huge success, bringing staff together to identify issues that need to be addressed in our communities and prioritise services.
The event was a fantastic opportunity for the MPREC family to have a discussion about their achievements and the ways we can best service the communities in our area.
We would especially like to congratulate those who received awards for their fantastic work. These include:
Deb Ryan - Exceptional Customer Service
Glen Green - Award for Excellence
Coonamble Office - Outstanding Team
Rachelle Shoemark - Commitment to MPREC Values
Max Rabbett - Professional Development
Menindee was well represented at the event, with three team members participating - Barry Stone (Acting Team Leader / Employment Mentor), Rachelle Shoemark (Activity Supervisor) and Brendan Doyle (VTEC Case Manager – formally from Menindee). This was a great chance for them to sit down and yarn about how they can assist members in the community and its surrounding area. This included more acknowledgement of the Menindee community itself and a stronger focus on youth employment.
“As we are aware, the fresh fruit industry in Menindee is all but gone and the employment opportunities are not available,” said Brendan.
“This will mean that our youth will need to be ‘Job Ready’ before leaving school. To achieve this will take hours of working with Community, School Leavers and Agencies.”
Brendan says he looks forward to working with Barry, Shelley and the Community of Menindee.
“In the end, we hope it will give our youth the best opportunities to start their working life and become skilled. Hopefully this will mean they can go on to open a business or work in professional positions in our communities.”
The conference, held in Dubbo in late December, is a yearly event, which aims to bring team members from across Western NSW together to grow their skills and build their shared vision for the organisation’s future.
This initiative is funded/supported by the Australian Government.