Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

On be­half of Moss­man Sup­port Ser­vices Board of Direc­tors I would like to ex­tend my grat­i­tude to all the busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions, clubs, schools, churches, ser­vice providers and in­di­vid­u­als who have sup­ported our or­gan­i­sa­tion through­out the 2016 year. Be­cause of your gen­eros­ity we have been able to pro­vide con­tin­ued sup­port to those in the com­mu­nity who need our help the most.

Your con­tri­bu­tion has helped us to pro­vide food and shel­ter when it is needed most; coun­selling to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als to over­come ob­sta­cles; sup­port to peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity; a safe and pro­duc­tive en­vi­ron­ment for youth; job and em­ploy­a­bil­ity skills train­ing as well as com­mu­nity events, ac­tiv­i­ties and ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams that have as­sisted peo­ple to be­come pro­duc­tive mem­bers of our com­mu­nity.

Your do­na­tions, whether they have been fi­nan­cial, ma­te­rial or per­sonal ex­press your car­ing and in­vest­ment in the fu­ture of our small com­mu­nity.

In 2017 we will con­tinue to work to­ward our vi­sion of ‘A healthy com­mu­nity that re­flects and sup­ports dig­nity, equal­ity and in­clu­sion of all peo­ple’ by ex­tend­ing our ex­ist­ing ser­vices to in­clude a full time Com­mu­nity Con­nect Coun­sel­lor who will as­sist in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies to ac­cess sup­port for do­mes­tic and fam­ily vi­o­lence, coun­selling, par­ent­ing help, fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and other so­cial pro­grams.

This new po­si­tion will com­ple­ment the Unit­ing Care Com­mu­nity funded child coun­sel­lor (0-12 years) and fam­ily sup­port worker who are based at the Moss­man Com­mu­nity Centre five days per week.

A huge thank you must go to our out­stand­ing group of ded­i­cated vol­un­teers who make an ex­tra­or­di­nary con­tri­bu­tion to our com­mu­nity on a daily ba­sis and whom we con­sider to be the lifeblood of our or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Last and cer­tainly not least I would like to con­grat­u­late our staff for their suc­cesses through­out the year and sin­cerely thank them for their tire­less work, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to their roles and our mission to strengthen our com­mu­nity by de­liv­er­ing a di­verse range of qual­ity hu­man ser­vices to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties and em­power peo­ple to reach their full po­ten­tial.

Ker­rie Jamieson, Moss­man Com­mu­nity Ser­vices

Miallo stu­dents Macken­zie Barry, Tully Smith and Lexi Teas­dale with Michael Kerr

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