Our people are not only employees, but also co-heirs of the purpose and legacy of the YMCA. When we each joined the Y, we were effectively grafted into a much bigger story, the “long arc of history” as Martin Luther King Jr. put it. Not only the 175 years gone by, but the history yet to be made in the life of our State, communities and the individuals within them. As in a relay race, we now hold the baton.

Encouraging the “Y Factor” in our organisation will be a key focus going forward. This is a play on the term “the X factor”, meaning, “a noteworthy special quality”, or “a variable that could have the most significant impact on the outcome.” In our case it will be those deeper qualities we want to see in our people that bring our mission to life in their day-to-day interactions with each other, our partners and members of the public.

We work together every day to create opportunities for people and communities grow in body, mind and spirit. The Awards for Excellence are the perfect way to celebrate our achievements from the past year and acknowledge the valuable work we do for the community.

YMCA South Australia Awards for Excellence encourage, promote and recognise excellence and innovation. Participating in the Awards program allows you and your team to highlight your most outstanding qualities, successes and initiatives over the past year.

This year we’re not including a special award for Diversity and Inclusion, but rather, weaving it through all that we do. Being inclusive in our approach, and valuing the diversity of our people and community, should really be a given for a mission-driven organisation such as ours. So, we’ll be looking for that kind of outreach and generosity of spirit in all of the award nominations.

The awards will be presented at a fun cocktail evening to be held on 5 December 2020 at the Adelaide Pavilion, Cnr South terrace and Peacock Road, Adelaide SA 5000.

10 Oct 2020 Entries open
7 Nov 2020 Entries close
17 Nov 2020 Judging closes
5 Dec 2020 YMCA Awards for Excellence Cocktail Party

Announcement of Winners at YMCA South Australia Awards for Excellence Cocktail Party

The overall aim of the YMCA South Australia Awards for Excellence is to

  • Highlight the exceptional staff working in our organisation showing leadership and management qualities
  • Recognise excellence demonstrated by YMCA South Australia programs and services
  • Create public awareness of the level of expertise and excellence in the industry

The 2020 Awards for Excellence are related to achievements from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020

SERVICE AWARDS

To recognise the service of employees and volunteers over 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 years.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Eligibility

Any individual who was a volunteer of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This award recognises and celebrates the outstanding efforts and achievements of an individual who freely offers their time to take part, deliver, promote and engage in an activity or program within YMCA South Australia. Enhancing the importance of volunteering within the community, the successful nominee always maintains a professional approach to the task and embodies YMCA South Australia's mission to create opportunities for individuals and communities to grow in body, mind and spirit

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • The skills and qualities that make them an outstanding volunteer
  • How the nominee has helped to inspire the people they work with
  • How the nominee is making a difference to an individual/s or community
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond
Eligibility

Any individual who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020

Award Outline

This award recognises an individual who has developed meaningful and continuing collaboration between YMCA South Australia and the local community

The nominee's actions have meant that YMCA South Australia has become a more integrated and vital part of their community by encouraging a genuine two-way collaboration with other partners such as community and sporting groups, other non-profits, local government, State Government agencies, and the like.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • An above-and-beyond commitment to improving outcomes for the community
  • A demonstrated understanding of the needs of the community, including the challenges and barriers that have prevented a solution before now
  • A clear demonstration of social and civic motivation
  • The outcomes that have strengthened the impact of YMCA on the local community
Eligibility

Any individual who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020

Award Outline

This award recognises outstanding achievement, initiatives and innovation by an individual who has shown leadership in developing a caring and nurturing environment that builds happy children, young people and strong families. The award celebrates exceptional programs, services and partnerships that improve the health, learning, development and wellbeing of South Australian children and young people aged 0 to 18 years.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • The techniques and strategies the nominee uses to build effective working relationships with children and young people, parents, carers and colleagues.
  • What programs or innovations they have implemented to engage the children and young people in their community
  • How they inspire the people that they work with.
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond.
Eligibility

Any individual who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This category is for an individual who demonstrates dedication to best practice, customer service and striving for the highest standards in the delivery of our business. Nominees for this Award must have demonstrated excellence in their field, and displayed dedication and commitment to YMCA South Australia and/or the broader community over and above what their role requires.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • The achievements or initiatives that have actively contributed to business improvement.
  • How they inspire and develop the people they work with.
  • Initiatives or programs that have been developed to improve customer service or community impact
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond
Eligibility

Any individual aged between 15 and 25 years who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This award recognises a young person who is making an outstanding contribution to the organisation and who displays a positive attitude to work and learning. The award aims to encourage young people employed with the YMCA to develop their skills and gain valuable experience

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • Achievements or leadership moments that show they are making positive contributions to their team and the Y
  • What role have they played in ensuring the community impact of their team or service
  • How they have achieved good relationships with their work colleagues and employer.
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond.
Eligibility

Any individual who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020. Nominees must not currently be or have previously been in a senior management or management role.

Award Outline

A key desire of YMCA South Australia is to developing a pipeline of emerging leaders who can take our centres, programs and organisation forward into the future. These people live out the mission in an authentic way that others want to be part of. They possess the self-awareness, confidence and emotional intelligence that positively impacts on others and their roles. They have demonstrated a capacity for leadership and maintain the highest ethical and professional standards at all times.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • Leadership as an individual, evidenced by way of organisational impact, service delivery or team culture
  • Innovation in management and leadership practices or demonstrated practicality and resourcefulness
  • How they inspire and support the people that they work with, building strong relationships within their team
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond.
Eligibility

Any individual who was an employee of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This is our peak award for individual performance, named in honour of the YMCA's founder, Sir George Williams. It recognises exceptional service and the achievement of outstanding results for YMCA South Australia and the community. Nominees should demonstrate a passion for the YMCA and their future career. This award recognises an individual who exemplifies the Mission, Vision and Values of YMCA South Australia, and clearly demonstrates "the Y Factor" in how they interact with others.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • Demonstrated leadership and innovation in their Centre/Program or team and the local community.
  • Developed meaningful partnerships on behalf of the YMCA and made exceptional contributions to community activities.
  • Possesses a high level of professionalism in operational areas and commitment to YMCA mission should be outstanding.
  • Examples of situations where the nominee has gone above and beyond.

INDIVIDUAL / GROUP AWARDS

Eligibility

Any employee or employee group of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020

Award Outline

An individual or group that has gone above and beyond in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nominees will have delivered a broad range of YMCA goals and objectives to achieve outstanding results and benefits to the organisation and the community during these difficult and unprecedented times.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • Considerations of how the employee or group were impacted during the pandemic
  • The impact their efforts had on their peers and their community.
  • How they perceived a challenge as an opportunity.
  • Examples of how the individual or group went above and beyond.
Eligibility

Any employee or employee group of YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This Award specifically recognises the use of innovative thinking or practices to achieve outstanding benefits for the organisation and/or for the community. Applications should demonstrate innovation as it applies to process improvements, management practices and/or community projects and initiatives.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • What led to the identification or development of the innovation
  • Highlight an initiative and / or innovation developed to resolve issues and/or identify better ways of working
  • How working collaboratively with other teams/external partners has achieved the Y business and community objectives
  • The impact the innovation has had on the organisation and community

GROUP AWARDS

Eligibility

New or established programs that have run at any time between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

This award recognises excellence in a program developed or delivered within YMCA South Australia. This high-quality program will exceed the expectations of the participants/community it serves and be wellregarded by peers within the industry. The awards recognise leadership where an individual, team or group has developed a concept or practice that significantly improves the community in which they work.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • Significant outcomes and impact for the community or a specific group
  • Show potential for expanded growth and delivery and could be run by other areas or centres within the organisation
  • The program may be recognised by the local community or other industry professionals as having a significant result in the specific program area
  • Examples of how participants in the program have benefited
Eligibility

Any team (including business units, centres, or services) within YMCA South Australia between 1 July 2019 and 1 July 2020.

Award Outline

The award named after Jack Massey, one of the most celebrated people to come out of YMCA SA and past CEO, recognises a team that has worked exceptionally well together to strengthen the YMCA's impact in their community and embodied the "Y Factor" culture that represents the essence of what makes the YMCA so different from its competitors.

When nominating for this award, please consider
  • How the team is making a significant impact in their community.
  • How has the team has embodied the "Y Factor".
  • The collaborative work with other teams/external partners to achieve the YMCA and community objectives
  • Strategies have resulted in growth and development
  • Highlight the initiative and innovation in resolving issues and/or identifying better ways of working
  • How the team has achieved a point of difference when delivering outstanding service
  • Examples of where the team has gone above and beyond
  • All nominations need to be relevant to the period of 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.
  • All nominations received require endorsement by your Area / Senior Manager prior to submission.
  • Nominations must be submitted electronically via the e-Awards online portal.
  • Make sure you thoroughly read the selection criteria for the award category and address all the questions.
  • This is your opportunity to celebrate and showcase the leadership, innovation, excellence and effort of your peers.
  • Part of the value in nominating is to reflect on the goals, strategies and vision that led to the success, and using those insights to drive even greater success in the future.

An independent selection panel of 3 individuals will be responsible for the judging of all entries. Each category will be judged on its merits. All applications will be considered on the criteria of each category as detailed in the online e-Awards portal.

All nominations to categories must demonstrate how the Individual, Site/Centre or Program addresses the criteria as above.

Winners will be determined by the panel of judges. Members of the judging panel are selected for their technical and specialist skills, knowledge and experience within the industry. The judging panel decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into in relation to their decision. The judging panel reserves the right to remove a category from judging should there be insufficient nominations in the category.

All nominations for the YMCA South Australia Awards for Excellence must be submitted by close of business 7 November 2020
via e-Awards.

Nominations received via email or facsimile will not be accepted.

There will be no extensions to the closing date for nominations.

If you are uncertain about eligibility or have any questions in relation to the information provided, please contact Komala Champion or Annaleisa Hart on 8200 2500.

Our online e-Awards portal provides entrants with a secure user-friendly, web-based interface to guide you through the submission process.

  • One single account to enter into multiple entries
  • Automatic confirmation email is sent to entrants upon submission completion
  • Edit / re-upload submission until entries close
  • Multiple attachments / uploads as required such as, powerpoints, photographs and appendixes including audio and video files.

The portal will be open from 10 October 2020. An email will be sent with instructions on how to register and create an e-Awards account.

Here's a tip - don't leave it until the last minute. Utilise the nomination pack to get a head start and then it's easy to cut and past from word directly into the e-Awards portal.

Don't forget to discuss the nomination with your Manager first. All nominations require their endorsement.

    Q: Can I nominate someone who was nominated, or was the recipient or finalist of the same award last year?

    A: Yes. All staff and volunteers are eligible to be nominated regardless of previous nominations or awards. However, it is only the nominee’s contribution throughout the period of 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020 that will be considered.

    Q: Can volunteers be nominated in all categories?

    A: Volunteers can be nominated in all individual categories.

    Q: Will there be an interview?

    A: There are no interviews. Entries are judged solely on the written submission and supporting attachments

    Q: How do I purchase tickets for this year’s awards evening?

    A: Tickets can be purchased through TriBooking. All enquiries regarding the purchase of tickets must be directed to your Site/Centre Manager. Tickets go on sale 10 October and places are strictly limited so you are encouraged to purchase your ticket early

    Q: I am not nominated, can I still attend the Awards Cocktail Party?

    A: Yes, all YMCA staff and volunteers are encouraged to attend.


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