In presenting the award to Ms Cane, Mr Stanhope said, “Her decade as Chief Executive Officer of Communities@Work has been marked by the organisation’s success in providing valuable services to our community in the areas of disability support, aged care, and family services.
“Under Ms Cane’s guidance, Communities@Work now provides services to an estimated 140,000 Canberrans a year and employs 360 staff and 200 volunteers.
“It is also recognised nationally as a registered training organisation for community services and health industries.”
Mr Stanhope said Ms Cane was instrumental in the establishment of the Canberra arm of OzHarvest, which collects excess food from restaurants and supermarkets for distribution to charities and refuges.
“Over 700,000 meals have been supplied to Canberrans since the operation began in February 2008,” Mr Stanhope said.
“Ms Cane’s extraordinary and long-term commitment to helping some of the most vulnerable in our community makes her one of our finest citizens.”