DISABILITY support worker Annie Mason has received the state’s top honour at this year’s disability sector awards.
The Warrnambool woman, who has been a direct support care worker at Southern Way for 12 years, was chosen from a pool of 12 nominees for the Client Services Worker Award.
The Victorian Disability Sector Awards are a joint initiative between National Disability Services, Disability Professionals Victoria and the Victorian Government’s Department of Human Services.
Miss Mason said she could not make the 2012 Victorian Disability Sector Awards last week but was shocked to hear she had won the prize.
“I feel so overwhelmed.
“I look at myself as a good worker and I enjoy what I do, but I see so many others doing a good job. I just love looking after people.
“At the end of the day knowing they’re cared for and attended to puts a smile on my face.”
Southern Way CEO Graham Kemp said he was thrilled to have the “best support care worker in the state”.
“For her to get recognition is fantastic and a reflection on the 80 direct support care workers we’ve got here,” Mr Kemp said.
“She has dedication, commitment, compassion and loyalty to her clients and Southern Way.
“If we didn’t have Annie and other good staff, some people couldn’t do the things we take for granted every day, like getting out of bed, having breakfast, and taking a shower.”