Lyn Perry leaves an enduring legacy

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Lyn PerryLyn Perry retires from her position as Director of Jo’burg Child Welfare with effect from today, 1 April 2015. After working for the organisation for 29 years, serving the children and families of Johannesburg, Lyn leaves a legacy that is built on the services and programmes that she spearheaded in her time as Director. The internationally acclaimed Granny Programme at Othandweni in Soweto that seeks to address issues of social isolation as well as improve bonding and attachment for babies and toddlers, the Child Abuse Treatment and Training department that was opened in 1990: a specialised child sexual abuse unit and Thembalethu situated in the City Centre that empowers unemployed women with skills and provides healthy outdoor play activities for the inner city children; will continue to serve our city’s children for many years.

‘Lyn has not only served the thousands of children who are beneficaries with caring and passion over the years but she has also developed a keen understanding of the financial aspects of the organisation and ensured that it has grown in services and in number of children reached and served’ says Nompumelelo Maduna, Chairperson of Joburg Child Welfare.

Lyn’s many happy memories of her time at Joburg Child Welfare, include meeting Nelson Mandela and thereafter receiving part of the monetary winnings from his Nobel Peace Prize which were used for the development of the programme at the Thembalethu centre for girls living on the streets and the opening of the Elton John Masibambisane Day Care Centre for AIDS orphans which was attended by Sir Elton himself, to seeing the Granny Programme being applauded by global organisations when the programme was presented at a conference in Canada in 2014. She also cites her colleagues, the many donors, partners and friends who have played a role in supporting her over the years.

The board have undergone a thorough recruitment process both within the organisation and externally to replace Lyn and will be announcing the appointment of the Director sortly. In the interim, Nomvuyo Shabangu, will hold the reins as Acting Director until a permanent appointment is made to replace Lyn. Nomvuyo has worked for the organisation for more than 6 years; most recently in the role of Assistant Director of Residential Care. Nomvuyo’s experience includes 8 years in the UK where she not only held a social work manager position in the Surrey County Council and Reading Borough Council, Nomvuyo also completed three post graduate diplomas in Business Management, Social Work and Professional Education and Training in Human Services.

Joburg Child Welfare is grateful to Lyn for her dedication and service and wishes her well in her retirement. May the golf courses be sunny and the garden filled with flowers and grandchildren.

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