This year the Emma House Staff Excellence Award was established after the tragic loss of Ruth Isbel, Emma House Executive Officer who was an inspirational leader and colleague. Ruth led Emma House to support staff to provide the best service possible to women and children affected by family and domestic violence in the South West of Victoria. Ruth left a bequest to Emma House and a staff excellence award has been established in her memory and in perpetuity. Ruth is greatly missed and this award ensures that her joyful passion and commitment to build a strong organisation staff by passionate capable staff will endure. The award was presented by the board at the AGM on the 22nd of November 2021 to Managers Cristie Brian and Jo Doman.