Janna Purdy – new service manager Centacare Fraser Coast.
Janna Purdy – new service manager Centacare Fraser Coast. Alistair Brightman

New leader, same Centacare service

CENTACARE, one of the Coast's largest social welfare organisations, has a new leader.

Janna Purdy, Centacare's housing sector manager, won the position from an impressive applicants' field, acting director Myolene Carrick said yesterday.

“I've enjoyed a very good three years at Centacare and I wouldn't have applied for the service manager's job unless I really thought we could further grow and consolidate in the Fraser Coast community,” Janna said yesterday.

“I hold a deep commitment to Centacare where the real strength is our team of workers.

“We will value add to some of our programs and continue delivering good service.”

Janna takes up her new job, formerly held by Jo Chorny, who resigned after 10 years, on September 20.

She will oversee of the organisation's 12 programs, which catered for more than 2000 people across the region between January and July this year.

“From a wide range of applicants, Janna has the qualifications, professional skills and organisational experiences to equip her to lead this branch of Centacare,” Myolene Carrick said.

“She has an excellent knowledge of local organisations as well as local social needs in the Hervey Bay and Maryborough communities. She has lived and worked in this community for the past 10 years.

“In addition she has an informed understanding that Centacare's growth in the region is not growth for growth's sake. It is about staying steadfast to both the mission of the Catholic Church and our community mission assisting people who are vulnerable and in need.”



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