Brenda Jarvis and Jefferson Grey are our April Values Award winners – the pair represent a blend of experience and fresh energy in the Dingwall Trust workforce.
Both play a vital role in our care team as live-out caregivers, supporting those who live permanently in Dingwall Trust cottages. The consistent pool of support workers means peace of mind for our live-in caregivers. They can take leave and sick days confident in the knowledge tamariki and rangatahi will receive the continuity of care essential for their sense of security and wellbeing.
Brenda has been with Dingwall for 17 years and is awarded for Connection. This accolade acknowledges her commitment to accepting and including everyone so they can feel a sense of belonging. Her experience is also an invaluable asset to the care team.
She says even though the job can be challenging, it’s the rewarding aspects that have kept her at Dingwall Trust. “Every day is a new experience – every child brings their own personality and I really enjoy learning about and getting to know them.”
Jefferson is at the other end of the scale, having only been in the job six months. But his energy and enthusiasm as well as his innate ability to build rapport with tamariki and rangatahi have not gone unnoticed. They led to his nomination for the Respect award – valuing and honouring the identity, rights and perspectives of all people.
“I really try not to make any assumptions about the tamariki and rangatahi. And I strive to respect their boundaries and give them time to warm up to me naturally. I try to appreciate and understand everything that is unique to them – their culture, their background and their interests.”
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