Disability Support Worker Steven Penley has been named the 2017 Outstanding Frontline Worker in the National Disability Services Awards, announced in Adelaide last night.
Baptist Care SA assists more than 60 individuals and their families to get the most out of life by providing a range of supports including help at home, the development of new interests and skills, connecting with the local community and adventure programs.
Annie*, the mother of 17-year-old Paul* said Steven has helped her son with his independence and he is a positive support for the family. “Steven deserves this award for his dedication, patience and can-do attitude,” Annie said.
Joe’s* mother Marie* said she felt an instant connection to Steven. “He is so sensitive to Joe’s needs and our feelings. We are so grateful to have him in our lives.”
Steven describes his work as extremely rewarding. “Seeing the pleasure in people as they enjoy new experiences - be it taking a tram, having a coffee at the local café or engaging in a social activity such as bowling - is hugely fulfilling.”
Baptist Care SA Acting CEO Michael Hynes congratulated Steven for receiving this award which he said recognised Steven’s outstanding compassion and care in supporting clients. “The testimonies for Steven demonstrate the high regard in which he is held by both work colleagues and the families that he supports,” he added.
About the Award:
The NDS South Australian Disability Sector Outstanding Frontline Worker Award recognises the work of a person who demonstrates an outstanding level of service by going above and beyond their role to improve outcomes for people with a disability.
* Names have been changed.