Awards recognise support for children and families
SERVICES, organisations and people from around the region who go above and beyond to support local children and families were recognised at an awards event yesterday.
The Family and Baby Network FABulous Community Achievement Awards acknowledged the significant contributions made by people, groups, organisations or services who work in the child and family sector in the Bundaberg regional community.
Selina Taggart, a chaplain at North Bundaberg State Primary School and long term foster carer, received two awards on the day for her work promoting the safety and wellbeing of children in her personal and work life.
"My husband is a school chaplain too and we just enjoy seeing the achievements of children and like to support and empower them to do better," she said.
"I am very happy to accept this award on behalf of everybody else involved. I am just one small part of the wider community that work together."
Ms Taggart said she had been a foster carer for five years and had fostered about 45 children in that time.
"It is very rewarding. It is a privilege to work with children and to see them grow, develop and become what they are destined to be," she said.
Major winners on the day also included FABulous Support Award winner Leigh and Craig Currie - Indigenous Support Student Services, Kepnock State High School and FABulous Innovation Award winner Angela Stedman - Bundaberg Baptist Family Day Care.
More than 30 nominations were received ranging from the HIPPY program assisting vulnerable children with literacy and learning in the crucial two years before school through to Oodies Café who have created child friendly spaces and openly welcome families to connect.