Jan Murphy, our Centre’s Clinical Practice Manager, has been recognised as one of three recipients of the Westfield Local Hero awards, with a $10 000 grant being given to the Champion Centre. Westfield Local Heroes are nominated and voted for by their communities, with the outcome of the public vote determining the three successful 2019 nominees for every Westfield centre. As humble as Jan is, this has been a huge leap out of her comfort zone, to be propelled into the limelight, but Jan was aware of the impact a $10 000 donation from Westfield will have on our families and their children.
With many thanks to the Champion Centre community, who placed their votes and helped make a huge difference to the families of the Centre, this will allow us to keep supporting these children to develop through our internationally recognised model of practice. With over 40 years of dedication and experience, Jan’s attributes and experience has shone through and is admired and highly respected by all her colleagues. As part of the first group of therapists, Jan has a wealth of knowledge and experience which she shares willingly. Jan also shows a great deal of care and compassion for her colleagues.
Whilst at the Centre Jan worked firstly as a Speech and Language Therapist and more recently as the Clinical Practice Manager. Jan has been instrumental in the development and success of the multidisciplinary early intervention programmes, for infants and children with developmental delays and disabilities. Working in partnership with the families and collaborating and developing trust and respect needed, she oversees the team of multi-disciplinary practitioners. Jan has been pivotal in helping schools understand how best to support and engage a child with developmental delays and disabilities, to become the most effective learners they can be. Jan has passed on her vast knowledge of sensory, communicative and cognitive delays to her colleagues as she looks towards retirement after an impressive 40-year tenure.
Many thanks to the Westfield Local Heroes, the community recognition and grants program, connecting and enriching local communities. Launched in 2018, the Westfield program spans across 40 trade areas across Australia and New Zealand. In 2019, Westfield is awarding $1.2 million to 121 local organisations.