23 June 2021
Dusanka wins 2021 ZEST Hall of Fame Award before Refugee Week
At Hume, we are spending time this Refugee Week to reflect on our Manager of Housing Independence Dusanka Mrdjenovic who has fled persecution to the safety of this country.
Dusanka has lived experience of having to leave a home with very few possessions during traumatic circumstances due to civil war. Despite this barrier, Dusanka has gone above and beyond in her 14 years at Hume and was recently awarded the Hall of Fame Award at the 2021 ZEST Awards.
The ZEST Hall of Fame was designed to recognise the people within the community sector who have dedicated their lives to achieving great outcomes for the Western Sydney community.
Dusanka makes herself available at critical times for her team members, community partners, and customers. She is an empathic and passionate individual who has developed and managed unique and vital homelessness housing support programs providing access to safe homes and support to the most vulnerable people in our communities.
Dusanka has developed successful and long-term productive partnerships with not for profit and government agencies including local DCJ offices, health teams, local councils, and localised community services across Western and South West Sydney.
Over the last five years, Dusanka and her team have provided temporary and supported accommodation to 7,043 people and assisted 2.093 customers into longer term accommodation.