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Echo Youth and Family Services is pleased to announce that our new Executive Manager is Nicole Lane.
Nicole grew up in Emerald and was part of Echo's youth programs as a teenager and then moved into the city to work with homeless people at Collins Street Baptist Church. She then spent 10 years in the Western suburbs, working for Western Health as a Forensic Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. In the last 8 years Nicole has lived in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, where she worked as the General Manager of a railway company and later as a teacher. After her return to Australia, Nicole began working as a consultant for Echo. Nicole has qualifications in economics and management, theology, counselling and criminology and a passion for helping people.
While it is a time of transition for Echo, we are very excited about the future possibilities to make a difference in our local area.
Echo Youth and Family Services is excited to congratulate St Mark's Church in Emerald as they have found a new minister for their church. The Reverend Andrew Bowles will begin his ministry in Emerald next month and will also join the Management Committee of Echo as part of his role. We look forward to working with him and the members of St Mark's in supporting our local community.
Echo Youth and Family Services is looking for an Executive Manager to head up the organisation. For a copy of the job description, please call the St Mark's Church Office on (03)5968 4046
As the school year begins, Echo Youth and Family Services are looking for adults in the local community who would be willing to volunteer as a mentor for a young person. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Echo Youth and Family Services was thrilled to receive recognition at the Fire Awareness Awards on December 1st with the Ready2Go Program winning the Access and Inclusion Award and the RACV Insurance Excellence Award for community programs with a grant of $10,000.
Echo Youth and Family Services Director Wayne Collins will be retiring as Director at the end of the year. We cannot thank Wayne enough for more than 25 years of service and overseeing Echo's growth and development into the organisation we have today.
Following the major storm event across Victoria on October 9th 2016, Echo's Emergency Support Team (EST) was activated. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who worked so hard to support the community during this crisis. We are currently looking for more volunteers to assist during bushfire season this coming summer, so if you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Echo Youth and Family Services.
Echo Youth and Family Services launched the Ready2Go Community Manual on September 1st at the Cardinia Shire Council Chambers. The Community Manual will assist other communities to develop a network of trained volunteers who can better care for their vulnerable and isolated members by establishing their own program.
During the launch Steve Cameron from Emergency Management Victoria said, ‘Community-based Emergency Management is vital for the health of our fire and flood prone nation. We need to grow both our capacity and ability to respond to the recovery needs of communities who have been impacted by natural disasters. We need grass roots initiatives like Ready2Go to be supported, simply because it is an excellent example of the sort of program that will help grow our capacity at a grass roots level.’
Echo's work was made possible by funding and support from Gandel Philanthropy.