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Monday, 2 September 2019
Y Whittlesea Awards Night - Message From Michele

"We are what we repeatedly do.

Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

--Aristotle, Greek Philosopher

Our staff are the Y’s greatest asset and reading through the 230 nominations (we have 500 staff and volunteers) to this year's awards makes me incredibly humbled to work in an organisation with so many passionate, committed and hard-working team members. I was in awe as to what was written on the nominations and I feel as though I have learnt more about our team in that day of reading than I have by visiting our sites, purely because I have seen people through others eyes.  One of my most special days in the last five months.

To think that every day we work with so many young children as they grow in mind, body and spirit, we work with all abilities to help gain confidence and independence, we work with young people to help give them a voice and an opportunity to be heard, and we work with all ages to help improve their health and wellness through activity, to have all that supported by amazing staff and volunteers makes me burst with pride. It’s the culture within that drew me and has kept me at the Y.  I have never felt anything but pride being a part of this amazing, inspiring and nurturing culture. I’m not saying we don’t make mistakes, but I do know that we are committed to fixing anything that isn’t working and are willing to work hard to achieve this.

I want to extend a huge congratulations to all nominees and finalists for each of the award categories. Their stories and peer nominations are so inspirational, it made the judge’s job very difficult.  A huge congratulations to those who take away the award, however, they are all winners in my eyes and knowing we all make such a wonderful difference to people’s lives in our community is what drives us. Knowing that all profits go towards our Belief in our communities: We Believe in the Power of Inspiring Young People is absolutely incredible and to be able to continue this journey with such an incredible team is a privilege.

 

Michele Rowse

Chief Experience Officer