Inaugural Annette Walker Award announced
The winner of the inaugural Annette Walker Award has been announced. Congratulations to Dental Assistant Brenda O'Leary, who has been recognised for going above and beyond in her work in remote Indigenous communities in the NT, in particular her work on Groote Eylandt.
The Annette Walker Award was created in memory of one of our most valued team members, RAHC Placement Manager, Annette Walker who we lost on 30th December 2012.
The award recognises an outstanding contribution by a RAHC Health Professional. A recognition that embodies the qualities Annette Walker brought to her work - passion, commitment to excellence and a ‘can do’ attitude.
On being advised of winning the award, Brenda said while she feels she was just doing her job though is thrilled to receive the honour of being the first recipient of the award.
“I know from speaking with Tanya this time last year, Annette was not only a valued RAHC team member, but also a valued friend to [the RAHC team]. This makes it all the more special to be the first recipient of this award.”
Brenda first joined RAHC in 2011 and has been on more than a dozen placements across the NT.
“It is so rewarding when [patients] come back and say that they are now cleaning their teeth!
“A shy person becomes a smiling and confident person. It is also exciting when I have returned to the same community and am recognised – they feel more confident to come back to the dentist.
“I have a true passion for the people and communities that I have had the pleasure to work with and live in.
“I sincerely thank you all for this opportunity and now it is an honour to receive the Annette Walker Award. Many thanks to all who have assisted me through this wonderful opportunity and journey”.
Brenda is already on her way to her next placement in the Katherine West region.
Nominations for the 2014 Annette Walker Award will open in the latter half of this year.