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Award nomination gives Kylie reason to smile

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Kylie Johnson has been nominated for her work as a support coordinator in Gin Gin.

With team member Kylie Johnson listed as a finalist for a national award there's plenty of reasons to grin at Smiley’s Support Services.

Smiley’s Support Services support coordinator Kylie is a finalist in the Most Outstanding Support Coordinator category in the 2023 Australian Disability Service Conference and Awards.

The Australian Disability Service Conference and Awards (ADSCA), hosted by One Community, recognises both excellence and innovation in the disability service sector.

The awards will also provide Kylie with a unique opportunity, as it brings a wide range of service providers together to explore topical industry themes during the day while celebrating service excellence during the evening.

Kylie was nominated in the Most Outstanding Support Coordinator category by her colleagues who praised her dedication to not only her role but the community as a whole.

“I am blown away that my staff feel so highly about my service delivery,” Kylie said.

“They also collected feedback from our participants who made me cry with their feedback.

“To me I’ve already won because I love my vocation and I’m dedicated to my role and growth within that role.”

Kylie said one of the recent initiatives to support the local community was when Smileys Support Services added a new mode of transport to benefit locals.

She said the organisation decided to purchase a van when it found there wasn’t a suitable vehicle available in the area.

“We discovered we didn't have access to one in Gin Gin and some people in our community weren't able to access appointments, social events,” Kylie said.

Kylie Johnson is one of four finalists in the category, with the award winners to be announced in Melbourne in November.

The CQUniversity U-Beach research program, led by Bundaberg physiotherapy lecturer Sasha Job, is also nominated for Best Community Program.

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