It’s on again! Nominate your 2018 Workmate of the Year!

Workmate of the yearA beautiful, warm, kind and giving person with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint”.  That’s Veronica Mattheson, as described by her workmates at Joblink Plus in Muswellbrook, and a worthy winner of last year’s carecareers Workmate of the Year award.

Do you work with somebody who deserves that kind of praise? Well, now is the time to recognise them by nominating them for the 2018 award.

The carecareers Workmate of the Year award celebrates the quiet achievers in our sector – the unassuming, salt-of-the-earth champions who make life better for the people they support and their co-workers.

We’re looking for nominations for our 2018 Workmate of the Year, people who:
• Deliver outstanding support
• Go the extra mile
• Are a pleasure to work with
• Make their workplace a better place.

Do you know someone who deserves the title? You can nominate them for the Workmate of the Year Award now. Nominations are now open until 28 August.
Every entrant will be listed on our ‘Wall of Fame’ , and we’ll post a shortlist of finalists on our Facebook page so as many people as possible can vote for a national winner.

Nominating is easy – you just need to provide few details and a photo of your workmate (a photo from your phone is just fine). It won’t take long and it costs nothing. Just being nominated can mean an awful lot for these quiet achievers.
Both the national winner and their nominator will receive an iPad.
So get your entries in to win a great prize and to let a workmate know you think they’re doing an awesome job.

Nominate your workmate here

Meet our 2017 Workmate of the Year – the amazing Veronica!

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The carecareers’ audience across Australia has voted and declared Muswellbrook’s Veronica Matheson as the 2017 Workmate of the Year.

Veronica was one of 10 finalists shortlisted to win this year’s award.

Described by supporters as “a beautiful, warm, kind and giving person with a heart of gold and the patience of a saint” she was a clear winner based on your Facebook votes.

“I am just very flattered,” she said.

“But you couldn’t do this job without a great team behind you because working in the disability sector is a total team effort and we have a brilliant team here.”

Veronica, who works as a manager for Joblink Plus in Muswellbrook supporting people with disability to find employment locally, said it was a role and career that relies totally on a love for the job.

“It’s just so rewarding. Seeing the smile on people’s faces when they get a job and make it work – and the difference it can make to their lives is just amazing,” said Veronica.

We had some brilliant nominations this year from right across Australia – and unfortunately we could only shortlist 10!

And it was a tight competition.

Veronica was voted Workmate of the Year ahead of Gippsland’s Narelle Barlow and Adelaide’s Harbinger Singh.

Thanks everyone for nominating, and for voting. Your comments, and your enthusiasm remind us all of why we all chose a career in our sector in the first place.

And for even more feel good, we’ll leave you with this final comment from Veronica:

“I was just saying that this is the first time I’ve won against someone else. I did win senior girls champion in primary school, but it was a very small school and I was the only senior girl.”

While we may not be the most competitive of sectors we certainly have a lot to reward and celebrate.”

In our eyes, you’re all winners (but this year the iPad goes to Veronica.)

It’s time to nominate your Workmate of the Year

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It’s that time again! After the success of last year’s first ever carecareers Workmate of the Year award, we’ve decided to make it an annual event.

We’re looking for you to nominate a workmate who makes a difference to the lives of their colleagues, or the people they support, every day.  Take a couple of minutes to tell us who you think deserves the title and why.

We’ll post some of your great entries on our Facebook page. We’ll also post the shortlist of finalists so you can decide the eventual winner. Both the winner and their nominator will win an iPad.

Find out more right here. And don’t forget to share this post with your friends, workmates and clients and encourage them to nominate as well.