The Acacia Story
Each day in Australia, 8.6 Australians take their own lives by suicide, 3139 in total each year. Of those 6 per day are men often in tragic ways leaving a trail of heartbreak experienced by their family members left behind and then the many thousands of affected children this will impact throughout their entire lives.
As a child Acacia Connections’ founder Greg Kentish was told and greatly impacted by the story of his own father who lived the majority of his life without his father ( who was killed in WW2) and the heartbreak and lifelong impact this caused losing his dad at the tender age of 6 years.
Greg Kentish believes that truly helping people with the highest quality EAP ( Employee Assistance Programs)in Australia and the world, will help to save the many spouses, partners and children from the effect of losing their parent and the deep profound impact that carries on from this sudden death, often through more than one generation.
Greg is inspired by his grandfathers kindness, tenacity, generous heart and pure desire to help those in need as a life-long calling, something Greg continues each day.
Acacia Connection knows that Every Connection Matters TM, we know that when you or your employees need us we will be there for you, to support, guide and counsel to enable people to be in a better place, free from the tragedy of what occurs far too often. We will not treat your people as a number but as a person who has reached out as we know they need our professional support and care.
A deeply personal pursuit that continues the helping work that Len Kentish did in the 1930’s and 1940’s, as a Coastwatcher helping and supporting many hundreds of Australian lives in the Northern Territory, Greg will help millions of Australians through his business, Acacia Connection.
On the 19th of February, 1943 Len Kentish, 35 years old was murdered by his Japanese captors in a unique and tragic war story rarely known in Australia – the only Australian civilian captured and killed as a Japanese POW from Australian waters in Darwin in WW2.
Lens murder left his family with a widow, 38 years, 3 children aged 8 yrs, 6 yrs and 2 yrs without a father for the rest of their lives. This had an incredible affect on this family and still does today.
(The story of Len Kentish can be found at http://www.lenkentish.com.au/)
The Meanings Behind Our Name: Acacia Connection
Acacia Connection was established to be a high-quality Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and workplace support organisation. The symbolism of our name and logo supports our mission.
The acacia tree is known as the ‘perfect’ tree that symbolizes the revival of life. Its uniqueness is found in its bark that has been used as a medicine. This tree is highly drought resilient and provides shelter and a safe place. The acacia tree enriches its surroundings by fertilising the ground with leaf litter and blooming spectacular yellow flowers. These yellow flowers represent optimism, enlightenment and happiness; encourage communication and carry the promise of a positive future.
Connection, as our name describes, is what we do. We pride ourselves in our ability to connect people with our professionals, whether it be your human resource managers, business managers or employees accessing our services. At Acacia Connection, Every Connection Matters.