January news from CEO, Joy Leggo

Dear friends,

I trust that you had an enjoyable festive season and New Year celebrations.  It was lovely to catch up with many of you at the various Christmas parties held across MACS.  The other members of the Executive team, Luba Pryslak (Director of Care), Alwin Gallina (Deputy CEO) and Chris Hudgell (Business Manager) have told me that the parties they attended were also wonderful occasions. Our Christmas festivities continue at MACS as we celebrate Orthodox Christmas Day on 7 January and Orthodox New Year on 14 January.

December was a busy month for MACS with the opening of De Stefano Drive, a wonderful Christmas party held for residents, volunteers and staff in the piazza and all the other Christmas activities that took place.

I hope you have had the opportunity to view ‘MACS 12 days of Christmas’ video. It was such a fun thing to do with our residents, home care consumers, staff and volunteers. The response from the wider public was overwhelming with so many lovely comments and compliments received and over 17 thousand views of the video. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see this happy video, please visit the news section of our website www.macs.org.au and if you are on Facebook, please ‘like us’ and ‘share’ with your family and friends.

I am delighted to announce that on 30 November MACS was recognised amongst the best in the industry winning the ‘Organisation Award’ at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) Victorian Aged Care Awards. The awards celebrate outstanding efforts in the delivery of care to older Victorians and promote sharing of good practices and effective responses to community needs.

I was also humbled to accept the ‘Employee Award’.

And speaking of awards, I congratulate Jake Podnar, MACS Personal Carer, who won our inaugural MAD (Making A Difference) Award for the outstanding work he does with residents and the working relationship he has with his fellow team members. The MAD awards are a new staff initiative to recognise those team members who are making a difference and excel in what they do.

Thank you for your patience with all of our building works over the past 4 years. The builders have officially left the site along with their building containers and we can now start to fine tune some of our procedures and processes.

I am pleased to say that our generator was commissioned on Friday 22 December. This will certainly future proof us from what is expected to be a summer of power outages.  Our 500 solar panels will also start to be installed early this year.

Thank you to those who participated in the recent satisfaction surveys. The results will be made available to you in the February edition of MACS News.

January is generally the month that MACS takes a deep breath and life in general is a little bit slower!  Our volunteers take a well-deserved break with some of our volunteers returning on Monday 8 January and then everyone is back on deck Monday 5 February. Mindful Moves is also currently taking a break and the program recommences on Tuesday 9 January with a 10am session for the first week and then from Monday 15 January all sessions will be running as usual.  Please check your January calendar for more details of what is on and when.

Stellas Café is open 7 days a week from 9am-3pm and the Boutique is open from 10am-2.30 pm.

So, what’s in store for MACS in 2018? Apart from taking a moment to enjoy having our site back to ourselves, we have an accreditation review in March and the Board Directors will be spending significant time developing the next strategic direction for MACS.  Now that there is no land left to develop on the Weddell Road site our challenge is what next to ensure MACS remains viable and relevant to the community it serves. I look forward to another exciting year at MACS.

With best wishes,

Joy

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