The SAFCA Awards were held on the evening 7 November 2023, at the Hotel Grand Chancellor.
SAFCA was excited to host the second year of awards for SAFCA members (and stakeholders) to acknowledge and encourage the amazing work happening in the sector to support people in financial difficulty. All of the awards are for SAFCA members, other than the Stellar Stakeholder Service award which can be for an organisation, team or individual that has worked with SAFCA members to achieve outstanding outcomes for a client or group of clients.
2023 SAFCA Award winners
Notable Newcomer: Tom Geyer from Uniting Country SA
For a student/person in their first 2 years of Financial Counselling service delivery who is making a difference or showing promise.
Above and Beyond: Hannah Clinton from Uniting Country SA
For outstanding outcomes of advocacy and support through financial capability.
Fields of Change: Kate Green from Rural Business Support
For outstanding achievement in regional, rural and remote South Australia/NT where the worker has demonstrated exceptional service to individuals or communities by overcoming barriers experienced by RRR locations.
Inspiring Professional Supervisor: Chris Fitzgerald from Rural Business Support
For a Financial Counselling Professional Supervisor (not line manager) who inspires and supports financial counsellors to improve their knowledge and skills to achieve better outcomes for those they seek to serve.
Stellar Stakeholder Service: Ethan Giele from Jacana Energy
For stakeholders who have worked with SAFCA sector members to achieve outstanding outcomes for a client or group of financially vulnerable people. This can include organisations or individuals who support the work of financial counsellors Eg Funding body, advocacy service, commercial institution, bank staff, lawyers, government representative etc.
Standing Ovation: Alan Murray from UCare Gawler Inc
For a financial counsellor who has gone above and beyond to support the financial counselling sector (through advocacy, community engagement, and an exceptional commitment to the financial counselling sector).