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Our PCYC is tops

Wednesday, 26th September, 2018

Broken Hill PCYC’s David Lee, Nicole Blackshaw and Heather Smith, holding onto their PCYC Out Of School Hours Care (OOSH) awards they won at the organisation’s state conference earlier this month. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Broken Hill PCYC’s David Lee, Nicole Blackshaw and Heather Smith, holding onto their PCYC Out Of School Hours Care (OOSH) awards they won at the organisation’s state conference earlier this month. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

By Callum Marshall

The local PCYC has managed to win three PCYC Out OF School Hours Care (OOSH) awards at the organisation’s state conference.

Broken Hill PCYC managed to take away the award for ‘Best Looking Room’ against 63 other PCYCs across the state.

They also won Volunteer of the Quarter for April-June 2018 for David Lee and Employee of the Quarter for April-June 2018 for Heather Smith against 15 other clubs within the region. 

Heather, whose manager of Broken Hill PCYC, said they were “very excited” about the wins.

“We went away two weekends ago to the PCYC Out Of School Hours Care (OOSH) Conference and we ended up being awarded with three awards,” she said.

“The first one was for best looking room which we’re really proud of because we’d just done the room up and transferred over to it. 

“We put a lot of time and energy into that room, so it was a big tick for us after all that we’d put into it.

“Then there were two other awards where we nominated one of our volunteers David Lee who’s been with us for two years.

“He’s our archery coach but he’s much more than that, he’s the heart and soul of archery within this club. 

“He also gives up his holidays for us when we take the kids out to camps. I think it was very well deserved for him to get the Volunteer of the Quarter. 

“And then I got the Employee of the Quarter.”

For Heather working at the PCYC is a dream job, and she’s proud of the work they do within the local community.

“I am really proud of my job, I love it. Just to see the difference it can make in kid’s lives and just to be there for them when they need you. It’s the best job really,” she said. 

“We’ve put such a strong focus on kids. I think the most important thing about or club here is we bleed PCYC. 

“We love our job, we’re passionate about it, and we do it not for the awards because we didn’t expect any of these, but [winning them] certainly makes you feel good. 

“We’d still be doing what we had to do without them, but it’s just nice to get that little bit of recognition as well.”

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