The contribution of the Amaranth Foundation and that of its founder and CEO, Julianne Whyte was recognised in two categories of the Corowa Business Chamber 2018 Federation Business Awards, Friday 20 July at the gala dinner at Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Factory.

CEO and founder, Julianne Whyte, OAM, won the ‘Outstanding Business Leader’ Award, while the organisation took out the ‘Excellence in Small Business – 11-20 Employees’ category.

The Outstanding Business Leader award, sponsored by O’Connors, recognises the positive contribution made to business by business people and professionals and who demonstrate outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic business direction and innovative ideas, while providing inspiration to a new generation of upcoming business leaders.

Julianne founded the business in 2009 in response to the lack of chronic illness and palliative care services for people in the regions, and importantly established a unique ‘wrap around care’ model which takes into account people’s social, emotional, psychological and existential needs.

Julianne Whyte, CEO

Julianne Whyte (left), CEO, and Heather Lane (right) (Corowa Office Manager) accepting the awards from the Federation Shire and Corowa Business Awards.

Returning to the stage to accept the Cann’s Bus Management sponsored ‘Excellence in Small Business – 11-20 Employees’ award, Julianne said she was thrilled that the judges thought that what Amaranth does was important.

“We’re growing and next week we will actually have 21 staff, and would have been eligible for the next category. In some ways, considering what we do, it is a shame we’re growing, but it also reflects the need for what we do.”

Julianne thanked the team of health and allied health professionals offering nursing, social care, domestic assistance, psychology, social work, mental health social work, speech pathology, clinical nutrition and massage therapy. The team delivers services covering assessment, service coordination/plan management, care planning and case management; mental health and psychological assessment, and therapy; rehabilitation plans; nursing and clinical care plans; goal setting and life planning.

She also thanked Amaranth’s board members, Greg Santamaria and, Adam Richardson and Lindsay Cutler who were in attendance at the dinner.

Julianne recounted the catalyst for founding Amaranth.

“Dad told me that I didn’t know how to do everything, but to find the people you need and bring them along with you. This is what I have done and we have a fabulous team at Amaranth here in Corowa and also in Wagga Wagga.”

In the award submission the development of Social Impact Programs (SIP) and how Amaranth’s teams were facing the challenges of changes to Commonwealth funded programs and market driven health care were highlighted.

The development of partnerships, in particular with Rivalea and the Corowa RSL Club had contributed to the development and sustainability of the SIPs including FoodShare, Mondays@Amaranth and Karuna.

Judges for the awards were CEO at Regional Development Australia – Murray, Gary Saliba; Business Advisor of BEC Business Advice, Kevin Bascomb; and retired businessman, Richard Hauff.

Winning the awards entitles Julianne and Amaranth to enter the Chamber Regional and State Awards.

Julianne Whyte with her brother, Greg Santamaria