Darren Robinson with his national awards.

The diversional therapist at Barunga Homes, Darren Robinson, has been recognised for his work at a national level.

On Friday, 7 October, Darren attended the Diversional Therapy Australia (DTA) Awards for Excellence at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney.

Darren was a finalist in the DTA Awards for Excellence for the work he has done as the Team Leader of the International Liaison Projects Team.

He also received a Personal Development Award for the work he has done on behalf of DTA such as writing many articles for the organisation’s national newsletter, and facilitating the past two DTA Barunga Village Port Broughton workshops that were attended by fellow diversional therapists and activity professionals from around South Australia.

“Receiving the awards was very special because I felt that all the work I have done as a diversional therapist and as a member of DTA, had been acknowledged and appreciated by my peers in the industry,” Darren said.

“It was very humbling to be at the awards with so many other fantastic diversional therapists and to come home with the awards made it even more special.

“The event was a wonderful opportunity to meet old and new acquaintances in the diversional therapy field from all around Australia, as well as Japan and New Zealand.”

Back home at Barunga Village, in keeping with the theme of international relations, Darren’s plans are well underway for the second annual Christmas Skype concert between the Barunga Village Choir, that Darren conducts, and the Selwyn Village Choir in Auckland, New Zealand, as well as the Swan Care Nursing Home Choir in Bentley, Western Australia.

Darren said the Christmas concert will be held in early December and promises to be another wonderful occasion for the residents of Barunga Homes and all involved.