Tuesday April 1, 2014
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP made a surprise visit to NADO’s St Marys office today to present Brigitte Krstanoski with a NSW Government Community Service Award.
“I am delighted to present Brigitte with this award in recognition of her hard work and solid commitment to supporting and assisting families in the disability sector of her community, and advocating to disability organisations and parliamentarians for policy changes that would make the job of caring for a person with a disability more sustainable” Tanya Davies said.
The NSW Government Community Service Award recognizes people throughout NSW who have substantially contributed to the improvement of the quality of life of members of their community, beyond that expected in their usual occupation. Tanya Davies said that as a volunteer leader, Brigitte definitely met the criteria for this award.
“I am honoured and appreciative to have been recognised for this award, although I feel there are others more deserving of this than me. I’m just a mum who’s doing what I believe needs to be done to help others in need in our community. I wish to thank Tanya Davies, Denise Heath from NADO and the State government for their support” said Brigitte Krstanoski on receiving the award today.
For the last three years Brigitte has worked closely with NADO, the local disability service provider, to attract sufficient resources from the community to have an event for Carer’s Week; raising the profile of carers in the community as well as an opportunity for the group to have a fun and care-free day.
Brigitte has had three major operations herself in the last 3 year, but her capacity for helping others has been unwavering.
“The commitment of Brigitte’s time and energy is just incredible, considering she is already fully involved in her personal life of caring for a family member with a severe disability” Tanya Davies said.
In these times of change, Brigitte’s informal leadership is a valuable link for many carers and families, providing the most positive and genuine support that is truly appreciated and deserving of recognition.
The latest project that Brigitte is supporting and promoting with NADO and the Intellectual Disability Rights Service is an information session on ‘Making Financial Decisions’ designed for parents and carers supporting adult children with intellectual disabilities. The session will take place from 10am-12pm on Thursday, 22 May 2014 at the St Marys Band Club. To register for this event please contact Ann at NADO on (02) 9623 9855 or go their website at www.nado.org.au.