Jean Simpson Award 2014 Winners

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It is with great pleasure that we announce the winners of the 2014 Jean Simpson Award.


Volunteer Award – Maureen Long, John & Kate Davidson, Interchange Northern

Maureen, John and daughters Lucy and Kate have been associated with Interchange Northern for the past 25 years. The family have hosted two children. The first (1989) was a young lady who had autism: this match continued for 18 months. The second match started shortly after (1991) and the Long-Davidson family was matched with the Dare family- Carla, mother Sandra and father David. This match is about to reach their 23rd year milestone.  Maureen Long nominated for the ICN Committee of Management in 2009 and became President in 2010.   Maureen has been involved in improving the organisation’s governance through Board skills development, risk management and strategic planning.  Each member of the Long-Davidson family has a strong supportive relationship with Carla.

Employee Award – Wendy Milnes, Interchange Gippsland

Wendy has been employed as a Support Worker with Interchange Gippsland since 2003 during which time she has worked across nine different programs, supporting numerous clients and families and has been an ongoing member of the Quality, Safety and Risk team.

Although employed as a support worker, she often volunteers her time to assist across the organisation, including at community and family events. She also provides day and overnight respite in her own home.

Interchange Gippsland say that Wendy upholds the organisations values and displays in her daily work and is a valuable member of their organisation.


Congratulations to Maureen, John, Kate and Wendy.  We look forward to recognising their excellence, dedication and long and outstanding commitment to the Interchange community at an Award ceremony following the Interchange Incorporated AGM on 7 November.

Please join us to acknowledge these amazing contributors to the Interchange network.


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