Centacare launched its 80th year with a focus on sustainability at a special forum held at the Otherway Centre last month.

The event doubled as the Managers’ Commissioning Ceremony, with Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide Patrick O’Regan joining Centacare Director Pauline Connelly and Deputy Director Leanne Haddad in welcoming staff to their leadership roles.

The forum is held annually in the tradition of mission, accomplishment, and encouragement with an emphasis on compassion, kindness, integrity, and inclusivity.

“In the midst of our business, we do not often get a chance to step back and see the results of our input and influence or see have we have been shaped and how we have grown,’’ Pauline said.

“With our teams we plan, and we build on ideas and experiences gleaned from reflecting on the past and looking to the future, and once a year it is good to stop and remember why we are here.’’

Staff were gifted native seedlings ahead of a sustainability workshop – based on Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato si’ – which was delivered by Sarah Moffatt, Catholic Archdiocese Director of Pastoral Life and Mission, and Peter Beirer, Assistant Director.