20 October 2023

Double delight as Mercy Connect shines at Riverina Murray Business Awards

| Shri Gayathirie Rajen
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Mercy Connect CEO Trent Dean with all the awards

Mercy Connect CEO Trent Dean at the 2023 Riverina Murray Business Awards last week. Photo: Supplied.

An Albury-based organisation has been named 2023 Riverina Murray Business of the Year in recognition of its all-around excellence.

Business NSW awarded Mercy Connect the Outstanding Community Organisation and Excellence in Innovation gongs at a gala awards event at the Albury Entertainment Centre in front of more than 300 business leaders on Friday, 13 October.

Mercy Connect is a not-for-profit Catholic organisation delivering a range of innovative services and programs registered under the National Disability Insurance Scheme, including supporting adults, children and older people with a disability to live independently and be actively involved in their community.

“This incredible acknowledgment recognises the compassionate, innovative and mercy-inspired services offered, each day, by our committed front-line staff, administrative and management teams, as Mercy Connect continues to support people in need to live fulfilled lives,” said Mercy Connect CEO Trent Dean.

“Mercy Connect gratefully accepted these awards on behalf of all the community organisations that are delivering essential and critical services across the Riverina-Murray region. It provides us all with a platform to promote and advance our various causes and work as we bring uplift to our communities.

“It is getting increasingly harder for not-for-profit, community organisations to operate in our challenging economic environment, so Mercy Connect encourages all local businesses to identify meaningful ways that they can offer their support, including through donation, sponsorship, or volunteerism.”

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Regional director of Business NSW Riverina Murray Serena Hardwick said Mercy Connect’s innovation in the development of their nationally recognised VR training to help carers understand and empathise with those with intellectual disabilities was one of their significant achievements over the past 12 months.

“The Riverina Murray Business Awards on Friday night really amplified how truly diverse, innovative and entrepreneurial our region is.

“The finalists of the awards are not only showcasing their achievements as a business but also showcasing our capability and capacity as a region to do business and invest in.”

Serena Hardwick, Regional Director Business NSW , Trent Dean CEO of Mercy Connect and Adam Bannister Creative Director, Pyrus Events

Serena Hardwick, Regional Director of Business NSW, Trent Dean, CEO of Mercy Connect and Adam Bannister, Creative Director of Pyrus Events. Photo: Supplied.

The 2023 Riverina Murray Business Award winners will now represent the region at the State Business Awards to be held in late November.

2023 Riverina Murray Regional Winners

Outstanding Employee
Brodie Palmer, Rural Health | Tumut

Highly Commended
Amie Fazekas, Sureway Skills Training | Leeton

Outstanding Young Business Leader
Patrick Dawson, Patrick Dawson Law | Narrandera

Outstanding Business Leader
Kate O’Callaghan, Whitton Malt House and Southern Cotton | Whitton

Employer of Choice (20 employees and under)
Federation Luxury Transportable Homes | Mulwala

Employer of Choice (21 employees and over)
WDF Accounting + Advisory | Wagga Wagga

Excellence in Innovation
Mercy Connect | Albury

Excellence in Sustainability
Little Triffids Flowers | Wagga Wagga

Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion
Charles Sturt Campus Services | Wagga Wagga

Outstanding Community Organisation
Mercy Connect | Albury

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Outstanding Visitor Experience
Temora Aviation Museum | Temora

Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion
National Audits Group | Wagga Wagga

Outstanding Start-Up
Haus of Vitality | Leeton

Excellence in Micro Business
Fluid Engineering | Griffith

Highly Commended
Borambola Wines | Wagga Wagga

Excellence in Small Business
Business Edge Advisors | Albury

Excellence in Large Business
Calabria Family Wines | Griffith

Highly Commended
WDF Accounting + Advisory | Wagga Wagga

Outstanding Local Chamber
Albury Business Connect

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