CCSS employee wins at Catholic Social Services Australia Awards

18/10/2011

Catholic Social Services Australia 2011 Awards News Story
CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta's Ray Reid won the 2011 Catholic Social Services Australia Award for Excellence in Service (Individual). Pictured accepting the award on Ray's behalf is colleague Oscar Modesto Ramirez.

The 2011 Catholic Social Services Australia (CSSA) Awards were presented at a Breakfast held at Parliament House Canberra in the presence of around 45 Federal politicians and 45 representatives of Member Agencies on Wednesday 12 October.

The CSSA Awards are a regular feature of the annual calendar and seek to highlight the tremendous work of the agencies and the outstanding people who work in these services.

Two awards were presented this year:

The Award for Excellence in Service (Individual) – The Perkins Award was won by Ray Reid, Senior Professional Consultant and Former Director of Centacare Parramatta (now CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta)

Under his leadership, marriage and counselling services expanded and additional funding was secured for relationship education, pre-marriage education, problem gambling counselling, family support and pregnancy counselling.

In 1996, Ray won a Churchill Fellowship to travel to the United States and Canada to interview experts on the impact of clerical abuse on Church communities. His report – ‘Pain – Hope – Healing’ – looked at how to assist Church members when their leaders are involved in sexual abuse.

Ray writes on social work practice and Catholic social teaching, advises the social work faculty at the Australian Catholic University and lectures in social work.

Throughout his working life he has continued learning and studying and was recently awarded a Master of Arts in Philosophy.

Ray’s award was collected by Oscar Modesto Ramirez, a colleague at CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta (CCSS). Ray is currently overseas.

Award for Excellence in Service (organisational) – won by Kolbe Cottage Respite Service

Kolbe Cottage provides respite care for families in South Australia who have a child with an intellectual disability. The service is this year’s winner of an award that goes to the program that is most successfully meeting local community need

Seeing unmet need in their community, Centacare Adelaide established Kolbe Cottage to provide care on weekends and school holidays for children and adolescents between five and 18 years of age with intellectual disability.

Deputy Executive Director of Kolbe Cottage, Brooke Rule, accepted the Award.

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