Dementia care volunteer nominated for national award

Brenda Dean has been nominated for a volunteer achievement award in the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence.
Brenda Dean has been nominated for a volunteer achievement award in the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

A KINROSS volunteer who has found her purpose in life through helping people with dementia has been nominated for a national award.

Brenda Dean been nominated for a volunteer achievement award in the 2019 Anglicare Australia National Awards for Innovation and Excellence.

She has been recognised for her hard work and commitment to residents at Amana Living’s dementia care centre and clients at the day centre in Kinross.

Ms Dean started volunteering in December 2015 spending two days a week at the day centre where she helped with a range of activities.

Since November 2017, she’s volunteered three days a week at the care centre, supporting the occupational therapy team in activities to engage residents such as a specialist music program for people living with dementia.

Ms Dean also volunteers her time to support residents in palliative care.

“It’s done me the world of good. I’ve found my path in life, my purpose,” she said.

Amana Living chief executive Stephanie Buckland said they were “delighted” to nominate Ms Dean for a volunteer achievement award.

“Brenda is invaluable to our organisation and she has made a real difference to the residents and clients she supports in Kinross,” she said.

“Whether it’s sharing music with residents or holding their hands in times of need, her compassion and devotion shines through.

“Brenda truly understands the importance of connection and she plays a vital role in engaging with residents to live a joyful and meaningful life.”

Winners will be announced on September 9 at Anglicare Australia’s national conference.

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