Jonathan started at Hand Brake Turn about four years ago, and has worked tirelessly since then to support HBT students, establishing trust quickly, and going on to build strong relationships with them. His peers commented that Jonathan thinks “outside the box” to find innovative and creative ways of serving and developing HBT students’ skills who are some of the most at-risk in our community, leading them to be resilient and independent.
Richard Parker, General Manager of Living, Learning and Earning Program congratulated Jonathan’s ongoing efforts and shared,
“Jonathan is always available to help and a great asset to the HBT team and Concern Australia. His dedication to the young people who come through the program is fantastic,”
CEO Michelle Crawford praised his passion, devotion and the positive impact he has on young people which she sees in his daily work with young people.
Josh Niclair, HBT Workshop Coordinator shared,
Throughout ongoing lockdowns in Melbourne, Jonathan orchestrated the team’s efforts to motivate and encourage students to engage with HBT online workshops. This included regularly joining students in the Car Mechanic Simulator, an online virtual workshop that makes learning the basics of mechanics fun and interactive. He did not have to join these sessions, but came willingly to provide support and encouragement to his colleagues and the students. Jonathan always puts in the extra effort to help support the students, he is also a great colleague to have around.