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Staff profile of the Month
Staff Member of the Month - Melanie O'Dell
CEO's Corner
Happy New Year everyone!

I always feel excited at the start of a new year. New years always seem so full of possibilities and potential! We're looking forward to another year of continuing our work together.

Carol let you know in the last newsletter, that we'll soon be implementing a new software platform (HERO) that will make payroll and HR processes much easier for us and you. We are busily completing all the background work to get this new platform up and running as soon as possible.

From this platform, you'll be able to complete your daily timesheet, find out what your leave and flex balances are, apply for leave, change your personal details, access all this from your computer or phone, and more!

We're looking forward to the new system and will be sending out more information about it in the coming weeks.

Cheers everyone and have a fabulous month!

Ruth
 
Value of the Month

Integrity

Recipe of the Month - Tropical Raw Cheesecake
Base Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried coconut
  • 2 cups dried dates (or 1 cup medjool dates and no extra water)
  • 1-2 tablespoons water

Filling Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews (soaked in water for at least 4 hours, drained and well rinsed)
  • 1 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 of a large ripe pineapple or equal amount chopped mango
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 10x fresh passion fruit (or 10 cubes frozen passion fruit, thawed)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter (if you don't have this ingredient, add an extra 1/4 cup coconut oil)

Method
Place coconut and dates into a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes or until mixture comes together when pressed. Add a tablespoon water and process further 10-15 seconds. Add more water if mixture doesn't come together. 

Press base mix into a lined 9-inch spring form cake tin.

Place soaked cashews, lime juice, coconut oil, maple syrup, vanilla, 6x passion fruit and chopped pineapple or mango into a food processor or high speed blender and process on high for 1-3 minutes until mixture is smooth. Add coconut butter (or extra coconut oil) and process further 15-20 seconds.

Pour mixture into cake tin over base and place into the freezer for 4-hours or fridge overnight until set.

Once cake is set, slice into 16 slices and serve. 

Notes:
  • Cake will last 5-6 days in the fridge and two months in freezer
  • Allow cake to thaw for 30-60 minutes if serving from the freezer
  • Ensure you soak cashews for 4+ hours - this will ensure the cake mixture is as smooth as possible and have desired consistency
  • You can also half the amount of sweetener to 1/3 cup if you don't have a huge sweet tooth
  • You can also use alternative sweeteners such as agave nectar, coconut nectart or brown rice syrup if you don't have maple syrup
This recipe is from the recipe book ‘Nourish’ by Jacqueline Smith, available in EBook and Hardcopy: www.jacsbluehouse.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jacsbluehouse
Instagram: @jacsbluehouse

 
A message from Carol Malcolm - Manager, People and Culture
Welcome to the January edition of Connections and Happy New Year!  :)
 
On Monday, we started a weekly exercise group for the Coffs Harbour offices starting at 4.30pm, meeting outside the LAC office. Sharen Philp, myself and my new puppy Winston went for a walk around Coffs Creek and then did an exercise routine kindly donated by Simone Goodfellow. Everyone with any level of fitness is welcome. We will decide what to do on the day depending on the weather and what people would like to do. It was a lot of fun, although Winston got very tired and we had to take turns carrying him back which I guess was some good weight bearing exercise. I hope this might inspire you to create one for your office area.
 
The Leadership team meet monthly. Here they are looking refreshed after the Christmas break. 
A message from Nicki Clarke - Operations Manager
Hi Everyone
 
Wow, I can’t believe we are half way through the month of January already!
I look forward to 2019 being a year of kindness and happiness, whilst also being really productive. 
 
January is a good month to take the opportunity to look at what our individual strengths are and also to reflect on what we might want to improve or do better.   
 
Why not take the opportunity this month to connect with your colleagues, to share with them what you believe their strengths and talents are, as well as yours? Talk about any new skills you would like to learn or skills you already have but want to build upon.  We are lucky to have a wealth of talented people with diverse skills and capabilities who are also kind and supportive, who I know would be very pleased to share their knowledge with you.  Let’s support each other to be the best people we can be! 
 
Let me kick start the conversation:  I am capable in Excel but would like to increase my knowledge on how to pull reports from Excel, and linking different spreadsheets together, so that when I update one it automatically updates in another even if they live in different folders. Anyone!? 
 
Nicki
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