Workmate of the year

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.


Workmate of the Year – the winner!

Workmate of the Year – the winner!


Congratulations to all the entrants and finalists in carecareers’ inaugural Workmate of the Year.

The response from people working in the disability, aged care and community sector was truly overwhelming.   We had more than 200 entries from across Australia representing the very best in our sector.  The nominations contained heartwarming stories of an amazing group of dedicated, selfless people, but in the end there can be only one winner.

The 2016 Workmate of the Year is Katelyn Budrys from Blue Cross in Victoria.


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Katelyn is described as ‘always cheerful, friendly, kind, caring, and helpful and will go out of her way to do extra special things for her colleagues and residents.  The passion that Kate displays in her job is amazing.’

There were more than 700 votes for Katelyn and she will soon receive her prize of an iPad, with another iPad for Wendy Starkey who nominated our winner.

We would like to congratulate Katelyn for her contribution to their workplace and we’d also like to thank all the entrants and everyone who nominated a worker.


The carecareers team