South Eastern Community Connect has been announced as the overall winner in the Excellence in Education and Child Services category of the inaugural Bayside Business Awards, held tonight at Stamford Plaza Sydney Airport.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, South Eastern Community Connect (SECC) has a strong reputation in the community for its exceptional standards in family services.

CEO Kate Melhopt said the win was a great honour, and recognition of the dedication of the entire team.

“We are truly delighted to see South Eastern Community Connect celebrated in this way,” she said.

“The award is testament to the hard work and expertise of our Family and Children’s Services staff, including our Team Leader Bronwynn Jursik and our SMOOSH coordinator Rekkha Moda.

“We could not have won this award without them.”

Bayside Council partnered with the Bayside Business Enterprise Centre (BBEC) to recognise local businesses that have excelled in their field and made a positive contribution towards making Bayside a dynamic and economically vibrant place to live, work and shop.

The awards are a way of encouraging the local business community to keep striving and innovating.

To ensure the awards process was delivered credibly and transparently, Bayside Council engaged ACA Research to accept the award nominations and conduct the judging process.

SECC is a community based organisation managed by a voluntary board of directors made up of local community members.

The not-for-profit organisation provides a diverse range of community service programs and community engagement activities for people living in the local government areas of Bayside, Randwick, Woollahra, Waverley, and City of Sydney.

Services include casework, community transport, family support, social support, respite care, life skills classes, and before- and after-school care programs.

Next month, on Saturday 10th November, SECC will host a 40th Anniversary event featuring live music from the Hot Potato Band, tasting plates from food outlets in Eastlakes Shopping Centre, a range of community workshops, and a jumping castle for the kids – all in Eastlakes Reserve.

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