We have made it through another year and I cannot believe how far we have travelled. I really enjoy this time of year as it provides an opportunity to reflect on all we have been able to achieve and how we have made the lives of those with whom we work better.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our dedicated staff who work so hard, sometimes under challenging circumstances, to support those most marginalised and disadvantaged in our community. Although I thanked them at our recent Christmas Staff Forum, I wanted to take this opportunity to also acknowledge their efforts in a more public way. Many of the stories we highlight in this newsletter reflect their achievements and it is important we recognise this.
The Annual WJ Craig Lecture and Presentation of the Anti-Poverty Awards is one event I look forward to and an event we are proud to host each year. This year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of our Lecture and in this newsletter, we share with you Seri Renkin’s thought-provoking speech and introduce to you the young people who were recognised for the significant contribution they are making to a more just society.
We also share with you the story of Emily, who is struggling to provide the best Christmas she can for her young children. Our Christmas Food and Gift Appeal is in full swing and we ask for your help in collecting gifts and non-perishable food items which will be distributed to families in need. Your donation will ensure Emily, her girls and others like them, will have a Christmas to remember.
On behalf of everyone at Connections, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Thank you for your continued support and interest in the work of Connections. We look forward to sharing more with you in 2017.
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Thank you for your continued support of our work.
With best wishes,
Chief Executive Officer