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CEO Report


Creativity, Compassion and Community

As I reflect on the year that’s been – three words that tell the story of Wesley Mission Queensland come to mind describing how, as a family, we have responded to something that no-one could have anticipated – a Global Pandemic.

  • Creativity in the desire and commitment of our staff and volunteers to find new and innovative ways of supporting our residents, clients and customers.
  • Compassion is the value at the heart of who we are, how we respond and what we seek to do as we walk alongside people in need.
  • Community – the overwhelming drive of people to support those in need – corporate supporters, residents caring for fellow residents, staff and volunteers doing all they can to support each individual person in their care.

One thing is for sure, some things will never be the same in 2021. But our Purpose, our Mission, Values and the heart of WMQ will be. Our Purpose as part of the Uniting Church is to participate in the mission of God – towards reconciliation, transformation, justice and hope for all people. As you read this report there are stories about the people we serve which describe – who we are, why we exist and what we are trying to achieve.

We have learned new things – new ways to communicate, new ways to meet, new ways to connect with people who live far away, new ways to celebrate and also to say goodbye.

So, as I prepare to say goodbye after 23 years as part of this wonderful organisation and family, I leave with an overwhelming sense of privilege and gratitude. I have worked with so many gifted, committed and creative people who have given so much of who they are, to the work they do. You are the heart and soul of WMQ – members of the Executive Leadership Team, managers of our aged care homes, members of our cleaning and catering staff, managers and staff working in our diverse community services programs, our gardeners and our maintenance staff, all the people in our Corporate Services teams, our Chaplains our volunteers. Thanks for the privilege of being on the journey with you.

I am so deeply grateful for the work you have done and will continue to do over the years to come – you hear the stories of the positive difference that together we make in people’s lives each and every day. What a great motivator to come to work knowing that today you have touched the life of another human being.

It has been wonderful to spend time with our new CEO Jude Emmer and warmly welcome her as she leads the organisation in its next chapter.

Do dreams come true? Do we live in a world where dreams come true? This is my dream and it concerns all of the staff and volunteers in WMQ – let your light continue to shine - in and through your work. You are the custodians of the mission and culture of Wesley Mission Queensland. Don’t forget that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world – indeed it is the only thing that ever has. (Margaret Mead) 

Thanks for being that small group of thoughtful committed people.

My thoughts and prayers are with you as you continue the journey of Wesley Mission Queensland.

Geoff Batkin AM

Chief Executive Officer