WELL DESERVED: Carmen Wojcicki (far left) was awarded a Salvation Army scholarship.
WELL DESERVED: Carmen Wojcicki (far left) was awarded a Salvation Army scholarship. Rob Williams

Boost for aged care worker

TIRELESS Ipswich resident Carmen Wojcicki was recently awarded a training scholarship to help continue the work she does in the community.

Salvation Army Aged Care Plus awarded Ms Wojcicki the scholarship as part of its annual Fellows Program.

Now in its sixth year, The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Fellows Program encourages staff, officers and volunteers to pursue their professional development aspirations that will benefit both them and the wider Salvation Army, by awarding scholarships of up to $5,000.

Ms Wojcicki, a team leader for the community home care and support team based at Riverview Gardens Aged Care Plus Centre is undertaking a Diploma of Community Services at Leading Aged Care Services Australia Queensland.

“This diploma will give me the skill set to take the next step in a coordinator or case management role, which is part of the succession plan within the community home care and support team,” she said.

“It will also improve my ability to meet the needs of our consumers with best practice, to promote well-being as per the current community care reforms.”

In 2016, a total of $50,000 has been awarded to 17 people as part of The Salvation Army Aged Care Plus Fellows Program.

Recipients were chosen from 39 individuals who applied.

Applications included a wide cross section of requests including further education, vocational training, field work, research projects, and attendance at relevant seminars and conferences.

Aged Care Plus CEO, Sharon Callister, congratulated Ms Wojcicki on her achievement and said The Fellows Program was about investing in those who gave back to the community.

“The program offers mutual benefit for individuals and the organisation as a whole - it rewards people whose work makes a positive difference to the Salvation Army and encourages all staff to find creative ways to further the mission, whilst also enabling them to realise their personal dreams through positive contributions back to the Salvation Army,” she said.



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