National Child Protection Week 2019
In recognition of the important role of Delegates and incredible work child protection workers do, The CPSU National Child Protection Delegate Awards are awarded to highly regarded Union members who go above and beyond for their clients and members.
This year’s WA winner is Karen Hadida!
Karen is a Delegate based at the Department of Communities in Mandurah and was nominated by a record amount of members for the award.
Karen says this award is a recognition from her peers and what her team does every day.
“We’re working with the most vulnerable people, so it’s a recognition and appreciation of the work we all do.
“As a delegate you just want to see your people supported and represented. And be given the fairest deal they can possibly get to help make their work life better.
“The area which we work in, being child protection, you’re dealing with the most vulnerable young people that go through a huge amount of trauma and it’s important for us to be out there supporting these people and giving kids the best chance in life,” she said.
Assistant Branch Secretary Mel Bray says the awards are acknowledgement of the important work child protection workers do.
“Congratulations to Karen on the important role she plays not only in child protection but as a Union Delegate who works incredibly hard to represent the members at her workplace.
“The public service her and her colleagues provide, protecting vulnerable children is one we recognise with gratitude and respect. To be acknowledged by your colleagues as someone who deserves to be recognised in this field of work is testament to you.
“This is a tough job, but this award is recognition of the outstanding work you do,” she said.
Karen is now up for the National Child Protection Week Award, which will be announced this Friday.