The Dutch Australian Community Council (DACC) approached DutchCare recently to talk about their property located in Sunshine North. The premises, a community centre with a function room that can seat up to 120 people, has been the home of DACC for many years however, now that their operations are winding down, they felt the building may be of value to us. As a result of the discussions, both organisations were delighted in a merger outcome.
It really was great timing to consider the merger and it has now provided DutchCare | MiCare with a place to base home care and community services in the Western Metropolitan region of Melbourne. In addition, the property has a kitchen and bar and ample storage and is an ideal space for planned activity groups or Cafe Bazaar, the new community program established by New Hope Foundation which will also capture clients from home based and residential services.
While there will be some maintenance required on the property it is an exciting development and one that will support our growth and expansion of community based services in the West.
THE MENNO VAN RUYVEN SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
Anke de Wit & Molly Lowson, congratulations!
Due to the outstanding applications made, Petra announced at the staff party on Thursday 20 July, that there would be two recipients of this year’s scholarship award. "Our heartfelt congratulations go to these two staff members, Anke and Molly, who have already made a great contribution to DutchCare and who will now continue their study to further their professional development with us."
Petra went on to say that this opportunity for individual growth, made possible through the Scholarship Fund, is everything that Menno stood for. DutchCare acknowledges and reflects upon this in line with the outstanding work and personal commitment that Menno gave to our organisation. This is an annual award. 2017 applications will be open early in the New Year.
NRVAQ BOARD MAKE CEO APPOINTMENT
A positive step for both organisations
On 14 July, 2016 the Board of the NRVAQ appointed Petra as the permanent Chief Executive Officer of the Netherlands Retirement Village Association of QLD Inc