Social Worker Honoured for Leadership Excellence
10 JUNE 2014 – Local social worker Daniel Walsh has been honoured in front of distinguished guests, peers and colleagues at the 2014 WA Social Worker of the Year Awards held last night at Curtin University.
The Seville Grove resident was the recipient of the ‘Leading the Way’ Award recognising excellence and innovation by a social worker in a leadership or management position, sponsored by Richmond Fellowship WA.
Daniel was acknowledged for his outstanding leadership and innovation setting up and running Ngulla Mia in East Perth, the secure residence for adults experiencing mental health issues who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The well-respected leader of the Richmond Fellowship WA service, Daniel was nominated by Executive Manager of Operations Adrian Munro who said the results in residents at the centre have been outstanding since Daniel was appointed manager.
“Daniel takes great pride in seeing residents achieve their goals,” he said. “He often sounds like a proud father when he talks about their achievements and this is what motivates him and his team to work so hard.”
An experienced social worker and dynamic manager, Daniel was the Richmond Fellowship WA employee of the year in 2013 and is described by his staff as an “inspiration” with a passion to make a difference, a real sense of social justice and a ‘never give up’ attitude.
“I’ve put a lot of my social work knowledge into practice in my work and it’s really great to see everyone here to celebrate the industry tonight,” he said. “We often celebrate our clients’ wins without stopping to congratulate ourselves, so tonight has been really great (for the profession).”
Attended by a diverse mix of industry professionals, government officials, Award partners, sponsors, family and friends the Awards acknowledged the dedication of the social work industry to making a real difference to the lives of Western Australians.
Award Patron, CEO of Lotterywest and qualified social worker Jan Stewart who described the night as inspirational and was particularly impressed by the professionalism of the event and by the recognition the Award night brings to social workers.
“It gives me a huge sense of pride in our profession,“ she said. “This event values the depth and breadth of the contribution social workers make not only in direct service to their clients but also in their workplaces and in the community.”
The awards were founded in 2009 by partners Curtin University, the University of Western Australia and the Australian Association of Social Workers and supported by dedicated sponsors, industry professionals and volunteers.