The CEO of Marist Youth Care, Cate Sydes, is a NSW State Finalist in this year’s Telstra Business Women’s Awards, one of the most prestigious and highly recognised programs for Australian women in business.
Cate’s nomination is in the ‘For Purpose and Social Enterprise’ category.
During a career spanning 35 years, Cate has focused on the welfare of children and has had the delivery of positive social and environmental change as her core mission.
As CEO of Marist Youth Care for 10 years, Cate has expanded the organisation’s reach in Western Sydney through innovative programs, business development and fundraising.
“I am proud that I have helped build an organisation that is vibrant, diverse and innovative in the provision of services,” she said. “Social inclusion is a priority for MYC, ensuring that we allow access for all young people who need safety, support, education, training or employment, regardless of their background.”
Marist Youth Care is recognised as a leading Catholic agency working with the most at risk young people, their families and communities.
One of Cate’s landmark programs, MYC’s Aboriginal Trainee Support Worker Program, has established MYC as the largest employer and trainer of Aboriginal people in Western Sydney.
The program has enabled local people to gain skills, qualifications and employment in the community services sector.
In partnership with the local Aboriginal community, MYC employs culturally aware and experienced staff to work with and achieve outstanding results for Aboriginal young people in juvenile justice, foster care, education, training, employment and family support programs.
“I love what I do because at MYC we provide solutions to improving the life chances of vulnerable young people so they can go on to live successful and fulfilling lives,” Cate said.
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