Sanitarium celebrates service


Sydney, New South Wales and Auckland, New Zealand

Inspirational stories of commitment, camaraderie and courage were celebrated during this year’s Spirit of Sanitarium Awards program.

Sanitarium employees are nominated by their peers for demonstrating the company’s philosophies and values.

More than 250 Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing employees across Australia and New Zealand were nominated for an award.

Through the program, Sanitarium employees are nominated by their peers for demonstrating the company’s philosophies and values. 

On September 10, an awards luncheon was held in Sydney’s newly renovated Museum of Contemporary Art, where 10 employees from Sanitarium Australia were announced as “Living our Values” recipients for their business units.

The 2012 award recipients for Australia with Sanitarium Australia GM Todd Saunders (right).

Sharon Jones, a team leader at the Cooranbong factory in NSW, received the national Laura Lee Award. According to her colleagues, “Sharon inspires others to do their best. She is a caring, thoughtful and considerate person who always gives to the community. Sharon’s work ethic is consistent and her kind nature makes it easy for anyone to approach her. Her team and the community benefit from her caring nature.”

A representative from Camp Breakaway—one of the charities supported by Ms Jones as a volunteer—was presented with a cheque that will be used to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.

Team members who worked on a recent Medical Journal of Australia project on the adequacy of vegetarian eating were also recognised at the luncheon. They received the National Team Project Award.

Across the Tasman, over 150 Sanitarium New Zealand staff came together to celebrate at an awards luncheon on September 14.

Chris Flory, Mahe Drysdale and Chris Stanbridge, NZ Office Award recipient.

Auckland factory employee Chris Flory received the national Sam Bearpark Award. The National Team Project Award for New Zealand was presented to a team who had organised a fundraiser for an employee’s son who has a serious heart condition. A highlight of the luncheon was a talk by guest speaker Mahe Drysdale, a gold medallist rower at the 2012 Olympics, who shared inspirational words and congratulated the awardees. 

Spirit of Sanitarium Award recipients receive a personal cheque and equivalent donation to the charity of their choice. They also participate in a week-long international community project—this year the destination is an ADRA project in Vanuatu.

The 2012 award recipients for Australia are: Chuck Chandler, Mac Tutaki, Max Cameron, John Roberts, Sharon Jones, Barry Geelan, Roger Green, Anja Sussmann, Angela Saunders and Matthew McKenzie.