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Margaret McGregor Award

This award has been created in celebration and recognition of the outstanding work and career of Margaret McGregor, who in 1978 established the Foster Grandparent Scheme in Victoria, now Extended Families Australia. The Scheme pioneered volunteer visitor support and friendship to children living in Victorian residential institutions.

The award acknowledges Margaret’s dedication and contribution to the lives of children with disabilities and their families and the invaluable and influential contribution she has made to the organisation, the community and to the Victorian volunteer and disability sectors. Margaret is passionate about volunteers and the contribution they make to society. It is fitting that this award recognises the roles and achievements of Extended Families volunteers that have fulfilled the organisation’s mission by making an exceptional contribution to the families and children they support and to the organisation.

Nominations open September 2017

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Excellence in Social and Cultural Access Award’ - Victorian Disability Services Awards 2016

We are pleased to announce that one of our Family and Volunteer Coordinators Nga Do haswon the ‘Excellence in Social and Cultural Access Award’ as part of the 2016 Victorian Disability Services Awards. The Awards celebrate excellence and recognise people and organisations who make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive community.

Nga has worked with families in the Vietnamese community who have a child with a disability for 33 years. She is an authentic and determined champion of inclusion and has a vision for a better life for all children with a disability and for the acceptance and breaking down of stigma for those children and their families who come from a Vietnamese background. Her passionate advocacy, her empowerment and enabling of mutual support for families and her innovative resources that assist children with a disability in social skill development inspires both her families, her community and her colleagues at Extended Families. 

Congratulations Nga!

Living with a disability can be difficult. We support people aged 0-30 and their families in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula to build friendships and connect with their community.

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