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COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

26 February 2021

We are excited that we are one step closer to ensuring the safety of our staff and participants with the Government’s announcement to roll out the Pfizer COVID vaccine from Monday 22 February to top-tier priority groups across Australia. We understand that of the 80,000 doses being released, 30,000 will be made available to aged […]

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Thank you to a passionate supporter of OCC

18 February 2021

In early February, Therese Desmond, CEO of OC Connections (OCC) was delighted to be presented with a very generous donation from one of our long-term supporters – the women members of The Metropolitan Golf Club. Caroline Nicholson, Women’s President, Kate Kemp, Women’s Captain and Sally Milne, Women’s Golf Administration Assistant at The Metropolitan Golf Club […]

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Supported Decision Making Estate Planning

People with an intellectual disability often rely on family, friends or advocates to provide safeguards around their quality of life and prevent bad things from happening, especially when they have difficulty communicating.  In a video, taken from a webinar Safeguarding the Future: Margaret Duncan, a Principal Lawyer at Duncan Legal discusses the vital role wills, […]

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Celebrating 24 years of service with OCC 

OCC Enterprises’ Learning and Assessment Manager, Athena Kontonis, celebrates 24 years with OC Connections this year.  We caught up with her to find out what she’s been up to all these years! Where did you start your journey with OCC? I started with what was then Oakleigh Centre Industries, when it was located at 773 […]

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A Christmas Surprise

With the cancellation of the Christmas Tree Fundraiser, the opportunity to raise much-needed funds to assist in providing non-funded supports for our participants was missed.  We were fortunate, however, to recently receive a very generous donation from our tree supplier, Dandenong Christmas Farm. This was a welcome surprise and a great start for 2021. Each […]

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Life according to Sam

15 December 2020

Sam is a young man with a great sense of humour, a cheeky smile and loves quoting from Monty Python. He is affectionate and when he is at OC Connections (OCC), he says hello to everyone he knows. He has developed a great friendship with another participant, David, who he talks and jokes around with. […]

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Gail’s story

3 December 2020

Meet Gail. She is a member of the dedicated and hard-working team from OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE). Gail’s role as Senior Supervisor at OCCE involves receiving stock, getting work out, dealing with customers, setting up jobs, supporting the supervisors and supported employees to assist in the completion of packing jobs. Gail has been in her […]

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CEO Christmas message

As 2020 draws to a close, it seems fair to say that it has been a year like no other. With the bushfires and then the COVID-19 pandemic, the year has offered challenges that few of us saw coming. Right upfront, I would like to thank you for your support during 2020, which has helped […]

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Vale David Hawkes

25 November 2020

Long-serving OC Connections volunteer, Mr David Hawkes, passed away on 29 October 2020. David played an important role in the success of OC Connections from when we were known as the Oakleigh Centre through to our current rebranding.  David started volunteering at OC Connections (then the Oakleigh Centre) in September 1964, one week after arriving […]

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