St.Giles: 86 years of service and innovation.

St.Giles staff have today celebrated the organisations 86th birthday while reflecting on a year of renewal for the Tasmanian not-for-profit disability service.

In April the organisation welcomed Honni Pitt as their new Chief Executive Officer and St.Giles have since welcomed a new leadership team to help drive innovation and deliver services in a contemporary fashion.

Since being appointed to the role of Chief Executive Officer in April, Ms Pitt has led the organisation through a series of events to mark the organisations 85th year, connecting with current and former staff, participants and members of the Tasmanian community.

CEO Honni Pitt is flanked by General Manager Support Services, Kelly Renny, Manager – Assistive Technology Retail and Technical Centre manager Rod Campbell, Support Operations Manager Kate Bellchambers and Intake and Growth Manager Pauline Robson.

“Throughout 2023 everyone connected to St.Giles has had the chance to celebrate 85 years of our history; through visiting the Face Time exhibition at QVMAG, attending our Black Diamond Dinner or by coming back to Amy Road for our reunion in September.” Ms Pitt said.

“The handover of the former Newstead Heights School back from the State Government in July has been another highlight.”

“This site presents us with an exciting opportunity in 2024 to develop new School Leaver Employment Support programs, and to expand our community based Support Service offerings to youth over 14 and adult NDIS participants.”

“St.Giles is definitely open for business and we’re looking to expand and grow the services on offer.”

One component of the redevelopment that has attracted a lot of interest from the Northern Tasmanian community has been the recommissioning of the Hydrotherapy pool – a unique facility that currently does not exist in Launceston.

As well as focusing on new opportunities at a local level, the organisation is well placed to act upon changes flagged in the recent National Disability Insurance Scheme Review.

“Tasmanians can take comfort in the fact that after 86 years, St.Giles is still going strong and we continue to deliver on our mission of enabling people to thrive.” Ms Pitt said.