At Spectrum Care, we see the sunflower as
representing the people who use our services and show this relationship
by incorporating the hand-drawn sunflower into our logo.
Turning its head to track the sun across the
sky, the sunflower stands tall and proud, facing the light, with its
shadow falling behind it.
Sunflowers can reach great heights (the
plant can grow to a height of more than six feet), but they may require
support to be their best and achieve their full potential. Similarly,
Spectrum Care endeavours to provide the appropriate support to assist
people using our services to reach their full potential.
Within this context, a partially opened
sunflower symbolises an individual’s latent potential, while a fully
opened flower represents our Vision of a great
life, well lived.
A fully 'person-centred’ approach (embodied
by our ‘Outcomes’ philosophy)
involves a shared vision of fostering and building on the strengths and
potential of each individual we support.
The full bloom is achieved when staff,
family members and the broader community work together to achieve the
outcomes and plans defined by the person with a disability.
The multiple life stages of a sunflower can
be seen as a metaphor for the progression of individuals we support,
and also reflect the ongoing evolution of Spectrum Care, our staff and
the services we provide.
flowers’ developmental progression also symbolises the fundamental
transition in disability care over the past three decades – from
institutional care, to group residential support and, most recently, to
fully integrated community living.