Newsletter - November/December 2019

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Helen's Happenings

General Manager
Hi Everyone,

The Christmas holidays are now literally days away and it is time to reflect on an amazing year! At this time last year, we were preparing for the introduction of the NDIS and contemplating what exactly this would mean for all of us. However, Compass again rose to the challenge and worked collaboratively with trainees, their families, stakeholders and the NDIS to ensure significant positive outcomes for all involved. The Compass trainees continue to thrive in this new environment, and we are so pleased to be a part of their journey. Congratulations to all concerned, what an amazing transformation!
As usual, I particularly enjoy focusing on the highlights of 2019, this has included:
  • April 5th Race Night at Sunshine Coast Turf Club. What a fantastic night!
  • June 14-16th Compass Farm annual support and stall at the Sunshine Coast Agricultural Show. Great work team!
  • June 21st In Conversation with David and Karni Liddell, changing the misconceptions about what people with disabilities are able to achieve. What an inspiring event!
  • July 10-12th Compass Farm team support the Queensland Garden Expo. What an inspiring bunch!
  • August 10th inaugural Compass Charity Hoe Down, a foot shaking, country celebration!
  • September 6th Compass Charity Golf Day. For all those golf enthusiasts out there!
  • November 30th Compass Awards Night. A memorable evening, who could forget the amazing costumes and fabulous dancing?
I am excited to see the continued growth of Compass, its trainees, staff and supporters in the New Year. My New Year’s resolution is to make 2020 the best ever, for all concerned.

Wishing you all good health, peace, happiness and prosperity for Christmas and the New Year.

Thank you to everyone for an amazing year and I look forward to continuing the journey in 2020.

Warm regards,



Just in With Jess

HR Coordinator
I absolutely love this time of year! Time to celebrate our accomplishments and success achieved, not just as a team but independently. We recently had our Compass Christmas Party, the atmosphere was wonderful. It gave me a sense of gratitude to see staff enjoying themselves and letting their hair down after such a huge year.
We often joke about 'Compass Time'. If you are not careful you will blink and miss a whole day from just being a part of the buzz when working at Compass. The Christmas Party and Awards night was exactly the same , 'Compass Time' at its best.
I am lucky to be part of such a passionate team, so it gave me great pleasure to present Derek from Caloundra the Compass Spirit Award for 2019. Congratulations Derek, well deserved!
We wish Taryn from Caloundra all the very best as she begins her maternity leave. The staff and trainees hosted a baby shower to celebrate Taryn's year with us. We look forward to meeting the new bundle of joy in the New Year.
We also say bye for now to Alex from the Farm. During Alex’s time at Compass we have welcomed the Bee Program, Trainees learning & development in many facets of Horticulture and Hospitality. Alex will be missed by all but we wish him and his family well.
We would like to take the opportunity to wish Lyn from our Gympie Centre farewell but not Goodbye after 6 years with Compass. Lyn's invaluable contributions to the trainees learning and development will not be forgotten. Thank you Lyn!
Since this is the last newsletter for 2019, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our dedicated staff, volunteers and families for being part of the Compass journey and can't wait to come back fresh in the New Year to do it all again. Please stay safe this festive season.




NDIS Coordinator

Prior to your NDIS review meeting with NDIS or Carers Queensland please contact the Team Leader at Compass to arrange a progress review meeting. Compass will provide a Progress Review report for you to take to the NDIS meeting.  

Once you have had your NDIS review meeting and received a new NDIS Plan can you please provide a copy of the Plan to Compass. You can either email it to or send a copy in with the Trainee to the centre.



Latest with Lisa

Development Coordinator
Can you believe we are on the countdown to the end of the year?
Directions Breakfast this year was held at the Mooloolaba SLSC, wow what a view.  We had 50 of our Corporate Partners and Supporters join us for a great morning organised by the University Sunshine Coast PR and Marketing Students.  David gave our guests an overview on the rebranding of Compass and also where Compass is heading in 2020.  New friends were made and we signed up 10 new supporters to the Compass Club.
John Trace, Graham Lyttle, Sofia Di Ferdinando, David Dangerfield, Audrey Lyttle.
David Dangerfield with USC Students Simret Tesfamichael,  Alyssa Dokonal, Christina Lynam.
Andrew Wallace MP, Mayor Mark Jamieson, David Dangerfield, Councillor Jenny McKay.
Thank You to all families, staff and supporters who have been donating their cans and bottles to Compass.  We have raised almost $2000 in under 9 months.  Great effort by all.  Thanks to the staff and trainees at Connection Café who have been our drop off and collection point.

Save your bottles over the festive season and bring back to Compass in January.  Orange recycling bags are available at Compass Farm and Connections Café.  Take note of which bottles are accepted!
Sunny Club - Alex Perry

Compass were the VIP guests of Sunshine Coast Daily Sunny Club with special guest Fashion Guru, Alex Perry.  It was a great night being entertained by an engaging speaker and enjoying the company of wonderful supporters.  A raffle was held on the night and along with the Sunny Club donation a cheque for $2435 was presented to Compass.
Thank you to our Supporters!

Compass Christmas helpers were out delivering Harvest Kitchen Hampers to our supporters.  Thanks Amcal Chemist at Nambour plaza for purchasing your client gifts from Compass.  Queensland Timber Flooring, Secure Access and North Coast Plumbing are also purchsing client gifts, we appreciate your support.  Only a few weeks left before we stop for our Christmas Break if you need some last minute presents.
Brendan and Glen loaded up trolleys for delivery of Christmas Hampers
Compass Trainees Glen and Brendan with Tracy from Amcal Chemist Nambour Plaza

- Lisa


Compass Assistance Dogs

Welcome to our new recruit ‘Mac’, arriving today at his new home with puppy raisers Jan and Dave. A big thank you to North Coast Plumbing for sponsoring him

Our latest Compass Assistance Dog in training Diesel, a beautiful Labrador Golden Retriever cross who will one day change the life a young Sunshine Coast child with autism. Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers who play a major part in the training of these gorgeous creatures.


Connections Cafe

As the festive season approaches and we experience particularly unseasonable hot weather the mornings are the busy time at the Café. Coffee early is still a big winner, including many, many milkshakes and iced coffee. Fortunately, our trainees have all mastered the art of milkshake making and our little ice machine is getting a good work out each day also.  It’s great to see our trainees working together to prepare milkshakes, listening to their conversations around whom should put the flavours in, whom should get the ice-cream and whom should use the milkshake maker! Along with prompting one another to clean up as they go. Amazing the life skills that occur doing a simple task, their communication, teamwork and sense of urgency are now well developed
Christmas time calls for Christmas treats and activities. Our Café trainees will be making and decorating gingerbread cookies over the next two weeks and presenting them in small gift bags to take home or gift as they wish. Some of them may also produce some handmade Christmas cards for friends and family.
The Café has a diverse menu catering for all dietary needs, this time of year we add various salads as an option for many whom do not want to eat hot food on a hot day and of course for those whom are on the summer diet plan! Pictured here are some of the yummy choices available….
We would like to thank the many people whom continue to support the Café including the wonderful management and staff at Cricks Nambour. The friendly banter that occurs between our trainees and the regular customers provides all involved with a happy, friendly place to be. We wish everyone a safe and peaceful festive season.

The Café will be closed from Monday 23rd December until Friday 3rd January inclusive, re-opening on Monday January 6th.



Gympie has been a very busy, active and exciting centre over the past month. Trainees and trainers have been working extremely hard to give the outside area a new look/revamp, we will keep everyone up to date with photos during its developments. Thanks for everyones hard work and efforts.
We recently had numerous professional YOGA matts donated to us by the lovely people at Aloha Active in Noosa, thanks to everyone at Aloha Active Noosa, this will allow our trainees to now participate and experience our weekly YOGA class with proper professional equipment. Thanks to Hiedi for making this happen.


The Farm

Jono from Rakes and Panes team
The farm woodworking centre making a storage box for the Palmwoods Dojo.



We've welcomed new chickens in November. They are strong and healthy, and we are enjoying caring for them. It was hard to believe that they only take 3 weeks to hatch and are so self-sufficient from the get-go! We have named them Thelma, Louise, Milly, Molly and Chloe.
Our Thursday travel group tested out the Café service of the Sunshine Coast Airport while watching travelers board aircraft destined for Sydney and Melbourne.  We went through the security section and were relieved that there were no unexpected beeps.  It was a great day.
The weather has been great for swimming groups. Our Tuesday group enjoyed listening to the Melbourne Cup while racing our noodle horses such fun.
Our “Soil and Soul” gardeners are proving they have green thumbs with weekly offerings of beetroot, beans, carrot, spinach, tomatoes and we are excited for our newly planted corn crops we are also preparing for refreshing summer salads with newly planted lettuce and herbs.



The trainees from Compass Caloundra had a great day out at Currimundi Lake learning how to Stand Up Paddle board. The trainees learnt about water safety, balance and caring for their equipment. Trainees had a go at kneeling, paddling and then if they felt comfortable they would attempt to stand up. So much laughter was had with the trainees always so supportive of each other.
Caloundra staff and trainees have been busy bees over the past few months painting a stunning mural on the wall of the Caloundra Centre.

It was made possible by the generosity of a Stronger Communities Programme Grant through Andrew Wallace’s office. The money was spent on new signage as well as this Australiana mural designed by one of our support workers, Petra Meer Axton.


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