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2017 Newsletter Edition 3

COMMUNITY INNOVATOR

Kerryn Coombs

Providing social support and skill building

above: SMG Ambassador, Brenton Ragless, Uniting Venues SA General Manager, Mark Lee and Award recipient Bryan Sellars from Northern Community of Hope

above: SMG Ambassador, Brenton Ragless, Uniting Venues SA General Manager, Mark Lee and Award recipient Bryan Sellars from Northern Community of Hope

Bryan Sellars, Pastor of Northern Communities of Hope Church in Davoren Park was presented with the SMG Community Innovation Award at the recent SMG Celebrating the Value of Community night. The church provides a regular community lunch, and Bryan wanted to get students from local schools involved to help them learn skills and connect with people in their community.  

above: Harrison, Elizabeth North Primary Student

above: Harrison, Elizabeth North Primary Student

Elizabeth North Primary student Harrison says going to the community lunch is his favourite thing. “I liked cooking using the BBQ, and I learned how to cook sausages. I liked actually getting my first time to cook chops. It feels good to get to chat to people especially to grown-ups because it teaches me to learn to be nice to show them my respect and then they show me their respect. That’s how we can build a friendship bond. Thank you very much Pastor Bryan, I think with your help I can finally live my dream to be a great cook.”

Tracey Hearse, Pastoral Care Worker at Elizabeth Northand Elizabeth Downs Primary Schools, nominated Bryan for the Innovation Award. “I take students once a month to the community lunch so they can learn how to prepare a meal, serve it, and get to know others. The students really love going there, they get along with the community members really well, they have chats and laughs - I can just see their attitude and their faces are always happy. They like being out and about and feeling that they have something to offer the community.”

SMG values the contribution local volunteers make, and by working together in partnership we can better support children, young people and families across South Australia.

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SMG COMMUNITY AWARDS

Kerryn Coombs

Leadership, Impact and Sustainability

above: Narelle Chester; Kerry Crowden, PCW; Michael Stoodley and Matthew Carratt, Mount Barker Ministers Fellowship; SMG Regional Manager, Candy Turner and Kieran Smith, PCW

above: Narelle Chester; Kerry Crowden, PCW; Michael Stoodley and Matthew Carratt, Mount Barker Ministers Fellowship; SMG Regional Manager, Candy Turner and Kieran Smith, PCW

SMG Community Awards were presented to organisations and individuals who were recognised as having a significant contribution to Chaplaincy in their community at the recent SMG Celebrating the Value of Community night. The Leadership in Community Partnerships Award, sponsored by SMG and Uniting Venues SA, was presented to the Mount Barker Ministers Fellowship. The Community Impact Award sponsored by Beyond Bank, was presented to the South Coast Schools Ministry Support Group and The Sustainability Award sponsored by SMG, was presented to the Burnside Inter-Church Council. 

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CHANGING A COMMUNITY

Kerryn Coombs

One act of Kindness at a time

above: SMG Ambassador, Brenton Ragless; Uniting Venues SA General Manager, Mark Lee; KICE PCW, Conrad Tickner and KICE Principal, Maxine McSherry 

above: SMG Ambassador, Brenton Ragless; Uniting Venues SA General Manager, Mark Lee; KICE PCW, Conrad Tickner and KICE Principal, Maxine McSherry 

Kangaroo Island is unique; it is one of the top four tourism destinations in this country and the third largest Island in Australia. Conrad Tickner is the SMG Pastoral Care Worker at Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) which is a multi-campus school made up of three sites on the island at Penneshaw, Parndana and Kingscote. Maxine McSherry, Principal of KICE nominated Conrad for the SMG Innovation Award to recognise the positive impact he is making in the community.

“Conrad works across three sites situated over 120 kms apart. Sometimes children and young people on KI have special needs to geographical isolation. Data from Pre-School through to Middle Years indicates social skills, resilience and persistence are areas in which we can develop further.  This data has formed the basis of much of Conrad’s work to support children and young people on KI; within that scope Conrad has worked at a level that has exceeded our expectations. 

Conrad has developed his own wellbeing initiative with his ‘random acts of kindness’ programme. The programme has resulted in an increase in random acts of kindness and displays of gratitude from students and staff both within and beyond the school setting.

An example of this is when the local Parndana Youth group distributed homemade biscuits to senior community members with messages of gratitude attached. Conrad has also been instrumental in implementing the Rite Journey programme at KICE through the Middle Years Camps Programme and he most recently supported students in their contribution to the International Small Island Conference. Being a positive male role model, acting as a confidant and providing pastoral care for students are all elements of his weekly work. 

His high level skills and caring contributions blended with complete dedication to his role cannot be underestimated in terms of the positive effects that are transpiring to the wellbeing of the KICE and wider KI community.

Maxine McSherry, Principal - KICE

Conrad was presented with the SMG Innovation Award at the recent SMG ‘Celebrating the Value of Community’ event. Held at Edwardstown Baptist Church and attended by over 500 guests. Ms McSherry flew over to thank and honour Conrad and witness him receiving the Innovation Award from SMG Ambassador Brenton Ragless and Mark Lee from Uniting Venues SA - Award Sponsor.

Your generous gift to SMG helps Pastoral Care Workers like Conrad to provide crucial support to students, staff and families in metropolitan, regional and remote areas. 

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