MercyCare's Co-ordinator of Fostering Services, Jessica Brewer has a passion for the protection of children and it has paid off, with the 27-year-old taking home the prestigious 2011 Danny Bell Memorial Award for Effective Practice.
Ms Brewer is a dedicated advocate for child protection who was nominated for the award by her colleagues.
“It really was a surprise to win the award, I was up against people who do such an excellent job in their field,” she said. “I’ve put in a lot of work over the past year and it’s nice to be recognised by my team and in the industry for fulfilling the goals I had set out to achieve.”
Jessica began working at MercyCare Fostering Services in 2005 as a social worker and has since moved up to the role of Co-ordinator, supervising and managing a team of eight who provide homes for up to 50 children and young people.
“I really enjoy working with children and young people; it’s a meaningful job where I can make a difference,” she said.
“Working in a management role, I do miss working one-on-one with the kids, although I feel I can have a greater impact on their wellbeing on a different level and really advocate on their behalf within the sector.”
MercyCare Acting CEO Anthea Kingsley said the team at MercyCare was proud and delighted not only with Jessica’s award win but also with her day to day commitment to her work.
“Jessica is a dedicated and compassionate member of our team who excels in her role because she is passionate about what she does, providing assistance to vulnerable, disadvantaged children in the WA community,” she said.
The awards were presented by the Children’s Youth and Family Agencies Association at an award night held in November at the South of Perth Yacht Club.