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.)