15 August 2018
An extraordinary thirty-year career dedicated to supporting staff, carers and visitors alike has been celebrated in style.
Jenny Azzopardi, one of OzChild’s administration and reception team was recently presented with flowers and a certificate in recognition of her long service at the children’s charity.
Ms Azzopardi currently works at OzChild’s Heatherton Rd office in their foster care program.
Supervisor Jill Hooke, who has worked with Ms Azzopardi for nearly 13 years said she was her rock and an invaluable asset to the administration team at the Heatherton Road Office.
“I have great admiration and respect for Jenny and have I loved working alongside her for the past 13 years,” Ms Hooke said.
“She is an amazing work mate, kind hearted, a great team player, has a wonderful sense of humour and always has a welcoming smile to anyone who visits Heatherton Road.”
Ms Azzopardi has watched the agency grow from a Victorian agency focused on foster care to one with a national focus providing foster care, kinship care, early intervention support, services for children with disabilities, health and welfare support, and education, mentorship and development programs for disengaged and underprivileged youth
She has seen the numerous changes including the merger of the Victorian Children Aids Society (VCAS) and Fostercare Westernport in 1991 followed again by further merges in 1993 when the combined entity became what is known today as OzChild.
Ms Azzopardi commenced her working life at OzChild (VCAS) – on 26 July 1988 in an administration /receptionist role at the organisation’s former Dandenong office in Foster Street. She then moved to the then newly purchased office at Heatherton Rd office in 1998.
“Jenny holds much local knowledge of the history of OzChild and has developed a great rapport with carers and staff, who have come and gone over the years,” Ms Hooke said.
“We congratulate her on a wonderful achievement.”