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Clean Force wins Social Enterprise of the Year award

Posted on: June 19th, 2014 by admin No Comments

Clean Force Property Services, a WISE Employment social enterprise, has recently scooped the most prestigious of Australian industry accolades, the Social Traders Social Enterprise of the Year award in the large employer category.

Jim Dinuccio (left) and Paul Fraser (middle) from Clean Force accept the Social Enterprise Award of the Year Award from the Hon Mitch Fifield (right).

Announced on 12 June 2014 at a cocktail event in Southbank, Melbourne, the Social Enterprise Awards were awarded by The Hon Mitch Fifield, Assistant Minister for Social Services, who presented the award to the Clean Force Management and supervisory team: Jim Dinuccio (State Manager Social Enterprises), Paul Fraser (Manager, Clean Force Property Services), Frank Dinuccio (Social Enterprises Contract Supervisor), Cheryl Katselis (Clean Force Team Leader), Jacquie Murphy (Employment Support Officer) and Vaibhav Bagaitkar (Clean Force Contract Supervisor).

“A big sincere thank you goes out to all our loyal Clean Force customers, many of whom have been customers for years, for their ongoing support and unwavering enthusiasm in helping Clean Force stay sustainable and help hundreds of disadvantaged people into employment,” said Paul Fraser, Manager of Clean Force Property Services. “I’d like to thank each Clean Force staff member, both current and past, who have contributed their skills, time and effort towards helping Clean Force become the commercially successful and community-focused social enterprise success it is. We’re all part of one big happy family.”

An enduring commercially successful social enterprise that delivers significant employment benefits for disadvantaged people, including people with mental illness and people who have a disability, Clean Force has a current workforce of 84 people. The social enterprise has delivered over $16 million in commercial cleaning contracts since inception in 2001, and has empowered over 200 workers towards independent living, self-sufficiency, inclusion and integration into all aspects of community. Clean Force clients include Telstra, Berry Street, AMES, Northern Support Services and the Queen Victorian Women’s Trust.

Clean Force management team.

The 2014 Social Enterprise Awards received 87 applications across six categories. From a shortlist of 23, a unique panel of sector experts awarded the winners assessed in each category. The calibre of social enterprises shortlisted this year was outstanding and demonstrated that there are exciting developments in the future of social enterprises.

Social Traders developed the Social Enterprise Awards to recognise the impact of individual organisations contributing solutions to the community’s most difficult challenges, and to celebrate the breadth of talent and innovative thinking behind their development.

Congratulations to all the other winners of the 2014 Social Enterprise Awards:

• Social Enterprise of the Year – small: SEED

• One-to-Watch Award: 40K Group

• Social Investment Award: The Integrated Medical Centre, investment by Social

• Ventures Australia , Social Traders and cohealth

• Social Innovation Award: Thankyou.

• Buy Social Award: City of Gold Coast

Photos courtesy of Social Traders.

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