The Living the Values Awards are presented each year at the Amicus Annual General Meeting for participants who have been nominated by staff as living and achieving things in their life that are consistent with the Amicus Values.
These values include Self Direction, Individuality, Active Participation and Capacity Building – all of which are principles that help our participants live a good life.
Keep reading to meet our 2019 Living The Values Award winners.
Individuality Winner – Melinda P
In 2019, Melinda smashed her goals out of the park.
Committing to work out at the gym three times a week, Melinda has not only improved her strength and fitness but also her confidence.
Melinda and her support worker Zack, often go on trips around country Victoria to go hiking and bushwalking. Recently Melinda has been to Pyramid Hill, Melville Caves and even the Deniliquin Ute Muster.
Self Direction Winner – Andy B
Self Direction gives Andy the flexibility to choose the activities that he enjoys and to live the life he wants.
He’s an independent person with an active life. Andy credits Amicus for helping him get back into the community, going swimming, working out at the gym, or heading to Melbourne once a month to attend board meetings.
Andy engaged a support worker to assist with his care, instead of relying on his wife as his carer. They have re-focused on their relationship and have fun together again as husband and wife.
Active Participation Winner – Philip B
Philip is a qualified geologist. He recently moved to St Arnaud to try his luck looking for gold and was approached by his new community to write a report opposing plans for a new quarry in the area.
Philip reported on the environmental impact of the quarry. The report was submitted to the council and as a result they withdrew their plans.
Philip has now started a new business, geological field services and professional reporting.
Hear from Tyler and his support worker Bec on his Capacity Building story here.
Capacity Building Winner – Tyler H
Tyler lives with autism spectrum disorder and mental health challenges.
Last year was a difficult time due to some health challenges, but with a massive amount of determination he has worked to achieve his goal of employment as a glazier, working two jobs over four days per week. He has also returned to volunteering with his local CFA brigade.
Tyler’s dog Charlie-Will is a big part of his life. Every week, Tyler and his support worker Bec take the Jack Russell Staffy-cross to the dog park, followed by lunch, where they often enjoy their favourite food – oysters kilpatrick.