Wesley Mission Queensland has given staff the option to work on the Australia Day public holiday, recognising the conflicting emotions this date has for the community and in particular First Nations people. Up to 30% of WMQ office staff chose to work on Australia Day and we anticipate this number to triple next year.
'WMQ’s vision is for a compassionate, just and inclusive society for all, and acknowledging this date is difficult for many people is an important step in the journey towards reconciliation.' - Wesley Mission Queensland CEO Jude Emmer.
600 people in need
receive a free meal, sandwich or food parcel each week.
More than 90
young adults call our supported accommodation units home.
are supported to lead a fulfilling and independent life.
More than 580
retirees live in our award winning independent retirement villages.
More than 1,000
adults and children received youth and parenting support.
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Our Reconciliation Manager debunks some of the things that people have said to him about changing the date over the years.
Books offer a window into First Nations peoples and the often-overlooked history of this land we call home
Video series shares the stories of some of our First Nations staff and sheds a light on what reconciliation means to them