Emma Boyle May 21, 2015 No Comments

Oven donation helps trainees cook up a storm!

The Harvest Kitchen would like to thank the Mannix Family for helping the Compass Institute take another step closer to upgrading and expanding the kitchen’s social enterprise. They recently donated a large commercial oven/stove!

The Mannix family are greatly involved in Compass with Levi (Trainee) working hard as part of our Farm team and his brother Jesse (Trainer) supporting the trainees at Palmwoods and in Harvest Kitchen.

With the new oven comes along the Harvest Kitchen’s ability to produce more food, allowing the social enterprise to look into expanding its class numbers.

Thank you again, Mannix Family, for helping the Harvest Kitchen contribute not only to the trainees’ learning and culinary successes, but also for helping the Sunshine Coast community have a greater access to more trainee-produced goods!

Emma Boyle May 13, 2015 No Comments

Compass Champagne Gala a Diamond Success!

On Friday 8 May, the Compass Institute held its annual Heritage Bank Champagne Diamond Gala supporting the Compass Institute at the Maroochy Events Centre, Maroochydore. The gala, in its third year, raised over $20,000 for the Compass Institute, which focuses on post school education and training for people with a disability. These funds will go directly to expanding the Compass social enterprises.

With major sponsors, Heritage Bank and Coast Life Homes, the night saw the who’s who of the Sunshine Coast business community engaging in bidding wars for an array of hot items on auction.  Breaths were held, as Jim Goulton of Maleny & Beerwah Jewellers announced the winner of the night’s big prize, the $15,000 diamond.

In thanking the major sponsors, corporate partners and donors, David Dangerfield, CEO of The Compass Institute emphasized the fact that the Government does not provide resources for Compass.  He says “We dedicated this event to supporting the social enterprises Compass has created – things like the lawn & garden, window detailing, Harvest Kitchen, Wabi Sabi and the Farm. There is simply no real funding available to make these happen even though they are arguably the most important part of the work we do. Without an ‘end game’ there’s very little opportunity for the young people to get full value from learning, developing skills and having vocational aspirations.”  

Compass is now preparing for their next big fundraiser Heritage Bank Golf Day & Sportsman’s Lunch to be held on Friday 11 September.

Wabi Sabi on Win News 20/5/15

This feel good news story about Wabi Sabi appeared on WIN News Sunshine Coast.

web address is www.wabisabionline.com.au

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Emma Boyle May 6, 2015 No Comments

Meet Sharon – Palwmoods Admin Assistant

We are excited to have a new member of the Compass team – Sharon Todhunter!

Sharon (pronounced Shar-ron) has recently taken up the position of Administration Assistant at Compass Palmwoods Office, where she will be a valued and important part of the team.

Sharon brings an extensive and varied background in advertising and marketing, IT and experience with people with disabilities. She is also a very accomplished singer and you may also know her as our dazzling live music act at the Champagne Diamond Gala.

Her role will include clerical support, word processing, phone answering, data collection, maintaining websites and facebook pages and other office duties. This position is vital to make sure Compass are in the best position possible to deal with the pressures of a rapidly growing/expanding organisation such as ourselves and to assist with the administration pressures which the NDIS will bring.

Sharon will be at the Palmwoods office on Tuesday and Wednesdays (commencing Tuesday 5 May). You can contact her on 5457 3716 or email info@compassinc.org.au

Be sure to make her feel welcome and introduce yourself when you see her or speak to her on the phone!

Emma Boyle May 5, 2015 No Comments

Atlas MultiSports Sunshine Run Series – Race 3

Atlas MultiSports will be holding the Sunshine Run Series – Race 3, on Sunday May 10th, 2015, at La Balsa Park, Pt. Cartwright.  As a proud partner, Compass is inviting trainees, families and staff to volunteer for the series, from 6:30am to 9:30am.  Volunteers are needed to assist with drink stations, fruit preparation and distribution, and directing runners along the course.  To register as a volunteer contact DJ at (07) 5457 3716 or dj@compassinc.org.au.  More details on the race can also be found at http://www.atlasmultisports.com.au/events/scrs-race-3

Emma Boyle May 1, 2015 No Comments

Atlas Multi Sports Visit to Compass

A special thanks to Atlas Multi Sports for their visit to Compass. We trust you had a great time and we look forward to the entering our Team Compass into the Sunshine Coast Marathon. Look forward to having you out again Soon. Thanks for the Wonderful Photos.

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