New Staff Welcome in Fitzroy Crossing

Fitzroy New Staff Induction – Mick, Geoff, Thomas, Craig, Clare and Merrilee (l to r)

Fitzroy New Staff Induction – Mick, Geoff, Thomas, Craig, Clare and Merrilee (l to r)

The Fitzroy Crossing Garnduwa office is excited to welcome three new senior staff to its ranks. They, along with long time employee Thomas Luscombe, are excited by the opportunity to take Garnduwa in to a new phase in the Fitzroy Valley and are preparing for what promises to be an exciting and eventful 2016.

Merrilee Jacky, a Broome girl originally, has been living and working in the Valley and has joined Garnduwa as the new Fitzroy Valley Area Manager. Merrilee brings a wealth of local knowledge with her which will certainly be of benefit to Garnduwa’s operations.

Clare Webber, another lady with great local knowledge, has been employed as the Fitzroy Valley Youth Coordinator. Up until now Clare has been teaching and actively involved in the community life at Yiyili.

Finally, Garnduwa sees the return of Craig Jardine as the Fitzroy Valley Active Community Coordinator. Craig was previously employed by Garnduwa as a Sport and Recreation Officer in Halls Creek servicing both the town itself and the Desert communities of Balgo, Mulan, Ringer Soak and Billiluna. Craig has just returned from a contract on Nauru.

Merrilee, Clare and Craig spent their first three days together being guided through an induction process led by our Acting CEO, Mick Albert, in conjunction with Geoff Davis, Chaz Garnett-Botfield and Thomas Luscombe. Everyone agreed the orientation was very valuable and a sense of team work has already emerged.

As the Fitzroy office welcomes their new staff, and the stand-ins, Geoff and Chaz, hand over the responsibilities in Fitzroy our Youth Hub activities continue to be led by our one-man team of Thomas Luscombe. Thomas has been a “lone ranger” in our Fitzroy office for most of this year and Garnduwa would like to acknowledge his great effort and dedication to delivering after school activities, Friday night FCYC and the monthly discos which have all attracted a legion of kids from Fitzroy and the surrounding communities.

Special thanks needs to be extended to Chaz who has graciously spent the past few months away from his home town of Melbourne filling the Area Manager’s role. It is certainly sad to see him go though we are all certain he will make a return trip to Fitzroy soon.