2015 Jean Simpson Award winners announced

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Jean Simpson Award, Leanne & Denis Carolan (Volunteers of the Year) and Deb Donovan (Employee of the Year). 

The Jean Simpson Award was established to celebrate the life and achievements of the late Jean Simpson (1950-2002).  A long time campaigner for flexible respite for families who are caring for a child with a disability, Jean’s influence and vision have left an on-going legacy at Interchange.

The Award recognises excellence, dedication and long and outstanding commitment to the Interchange community, and comprises of two categories.

Congratulations and a big thanks to the winners!

The Award will be presented at a ceremony that will be held immediately following the Interchange Incorporated Annual General Meeting on Friday 13th November 2015. We look forward to acknowledging the excellence, dedication and commitment of the 2015 winners.


Volunteers of the Year 2015
Leanne and Denis Carolan, Interchange Loddon Mallee

Leanne and Denis are very deserving winners of the Volunteers of the Year, having provided respite, often to young people with complex physical and/or intellectual needs, to over 60 children and their families.

Leanne and Denis have a long standing commitment to Interchange Loddon Mallee, initially as employees over many years before both retiring to devote their time to volunteering. They have volunteered for the past nine years and have regularly provided respite in their home five days every week during this time. In addition, they also regularly volunteer in adult and youth social group activities.

Leanne and Denis are extremely giving and compassionate people. They have generously provided respite to clients with complex care needs, who have often been unable to be placed with other volunteer families.

They are a truly remarkable couple. Congratulations to Leanne and Denis on this wonderful achievement.


Employee of the Year 2015
Deb Donovan, Upper Murray Family Care

Deb has worked with Upper Murray Family Care for eight years, and performs her roles of Intake and Assessment Officer, as well as host worker, with commitment and passion.

Deb builds strong respectful working relationships with individuals, and makes a significant difference to the families she supports. Feedback from hosts and families has always been of the highest standard.

Deb is a great ambassador for the Interchange program, promoting the program through community speaking engagements.

In addition, Deb and her family volunteer as a host family, and have provided respite to many children and their families in their home for seven years.

Deb is highly respected for her professional and positive approach. Congratulations Deb on a well-deserved win.

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