For Immediate Release for 20 June 2022

CORE Community Services is proud to announce that it’s CEO, Juana Reinoso has been inducted into the Zest Awards Hall of Fame. Juana has worked with CORE for 27 years and has dedicated her career towards building capacities and connections within our various communities.

CORE Community Services was nominated for several awards, in our own right, at the Zest Awards held on 17th June 2022 at Stadium Australia Sydney Olympic Park and featured in a number of collaborative nominations with other groups and organisations.

Nominations and Awards for CORE and the wider Fairfield community are as follows:
• Exceptional Community Partnership Award: Fairfield Food Hub Partnership (Fairfield City Council, CORE, Woodville Alliance, The Parks, Community First Step) Award: Ask the Expert (CORE & Navitas) Nominated: The Intensive Support Program and Rent Choice Youth Program
• Hall of Fame Inductee: Juana Reinoso
• Exceptional Project in a Not for Profit Organisation Nominated: Stay-At-Home Drive
• Outstanding Project Promoting Social Cohesion and Community Harmony Award: Support of Refugees and Migrants through one-to-one mentoring (Mentoring Men & CORE Arabic Men’s Group)

CORE Community Services was formed in 1979 to provide English classes for new arrivals and refugees and has continued to expand to deliver more programs and services across South West Sydney. We now cover Aged& Disability Care, Children’s Services, Youth Services and Multicultural Communities. The organisation also convenes a number of networks and partnership to leverage the importance of collaborating resources for the best outcomes for the communities of South West Sydney.

‘It has been a tough time for the community we serve, especially in the last two years, as our community was hit harder than any other and enhancing the service provision through collaboration and partnership among our local service providers improved our COVID response collectively,’ said Mrs. Reinoso. ‘We exist to support the local communities, we play an integral part of working together with businesses and state and local departments to better enhance the communities of south-west Sydney.’
As a leader, Juana had worked on a range of initiatives to provide for the community, build strong ties to South West Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD), partnering with local organisations, businesses as well as local and state government. This has provided many opportunities for access, especially during the height of the pandemic, where we worked with key service providers to alleviate food insecurity which was a key issue for many during the pandemic and still is a big issue for the community.

Juana says she is confident in the community and recognises the collective efforts needed to collaborate and work together, sharing ideas, resources and expertise and expects there will be more challenges, “we’ve partnered with the best local services to give access to our community. We believe that the ability to address issues to its full potential is through collaboration” she said.

Chairperson of CORE Community Services, Yvonne Santalucia said ‘This is a testament to our CORE values, as a not-for profit organisation, our people and, of course, centring around embracing community. This is a huge step forward in the way we deliver services.’

For more information about how you can work together with CORE Community Services, please contact or call (02) 9727 0477

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