Oakleigh Centre Industries’ (OCI) Learning and Assessment Manager, Athena Kontonis, has been awarded the Oakleigh Rotary Club’s Allan James Award.
The award, a scholarship to be used for further learning and development, will be used by Athena to enhance her knowledge in mental health awareness.
The Oakleigh Centre’s Executive Manager Business Enterprise, Tony Hogg, says Anthea’s achievement is a credit to her and acknowledges her outstanding work ethic and commitment to ensuring best practice in understanding disability and the health issues associated with it.
The award is named after the club’s foundation member, Allan James. Mr James was also involved in seeing the Oakleigh Centre established in 1950. When the club looked to create vocational scholarships, Mr James was adamant that one be awarded to the Oakleigh Centre to ensure ongoing training for a staff member to further their knowledge and skills in disability services.
Accepting her award at a formal dinner, Athena thanked the Rotary Club, along with the Oakleigh Centre and OCI, highlighting to guests the great work being done across the organisation and the need for ongoing community support.