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Forward Thinking Magazine : August 2011
Macquarie Adviser Services 60 Macquarie in the community Catherine has worked closely with Kelly over the last seven years, acting as a tutor, mentor, friend and role model to the point where both Kelly and her wider family now trust her unstintingly. Catherine tutored her in maths and English, undertook activities such as craft, art, day trips and concerts and has tried to instill in Kelly a work ethic, an understanding of actions and consequences, and an ability to treat others how she herself would like to be treated. Kelly is now 16 years old, and currently has a full-time role at McDonald's where she has been employed for over 12 months -- a 'remarkable achievement given her history' as Catherine notes. 'When I joined Barnardos' Kids Friends program, my main goal was to show Kelly that she could choose to lead a different life to that she was born into, to show her that she can trust adults and that people can deliver on promises,' Catherine said. Catherine's work with Barnardos has won her the Macquarie 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award. These awards provide a way for Macquarie to recognise and acknowledge the remarkable work their staff do in their local communities. When Catherine Hope, from Macquarie Adviser Services in Sydney, began volunteering with child welfare agency Barnardos in 2004, 'Kelly' was a nine-year-old girl growing up in a very disadvantaged environment. Kelly and her family faced a range of hardships, resulting in Kelly's irregular attendance at school. Volunteer of the year awards