Geelong celebrates disability award winners
Wednesday, 8 February, 2017
The Geelong community celebrated the achievements of an
outstanding group of people at last night's Geelong Awards for
People with a Disability.
Karingal St Laurence (KSL) and the City of Greater Geelong
hosted the awards at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre,
while Paralympian Kelly Cartwright was a guest speaker on the
KSL Chief Executive Officer Mike McKinstry said the awards,
which began in 2015, have strengthened the region's status as a
leader in the sector by shining a spotlight on the incredible
contributions of people with a disability.
"All of the 2017 nominees should be extremely proud," Mike
said. "The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability
continues Geelong's emergence as the centre of excellence for
leadership, innovation and best practice in the area of
The event doubled as the opening for the 2017 VALiD Having a Say
conference and the six award winners were:
Simone Stevens - Volunteering and Employment
Annaliese Bishop - Sports and Recreation
Nicci Wall - Leadership and Advocacy
Ryan Schmidtke - Achievement
Michael Chan - Arts
Chloe Hayden - Young Achiever
Pictured below: The six category winners at last night's
Geelong Awards for People with a Disability.
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MatchWorks jobactive sites achieve outstanding performance results
MatchWorks jobactive sites in Victoria, South Australia and
Queensland have received their performance results for the end of
the December 2016 Star Rating period. Five MatchWorks employment
regions received the maximum five star rating, including: South
Eastern Melbourne and Peninsula, Western Melbourne, Barwon, Bendigo
and Adelaide South.
MatchWorks opens new Bacchus Marsh office
The new MatchWorks Bacchus Marsh office is in full swing
following its official opening last week. The opening event, on
Thursday February 16, was attended by local employers, training
& education organisations, Department of Social Services
representatives, MatchWorks staff and many others.
Salisbury job seeker employed after more than a decade
MatchWorks job seeker Fotini had been out of work for more than
10 years but wanted a better future for herself and her children.
The single mother-of-two did not have a car or licence, and also
suffered from a medical condition that caused her to experience
severe episodes of pain.
Geelong job seeker overcomes personal difficulties to teach others
Mental health had affected job seeker Gayle's ability to stay in
her employment as a nurse and midwife - an industry that she had
worked in for 30 years. Gayle experienced several family tragedies
that caused severe depression and an inability to perform her
normal caring duties. As a result she faced unemployment for more
than two years - but she wanted to turn her life around and have
MatchWorks job seekers build and donate community train
MatchWorks Work for the Dole (WfD) job seekers and supervisors
unveiled and donated their Tom the Train project at a celebratory
event in Seaford. Twenty Work for the Dole participants worked on
the six-month project at Envision Employment Services by stripping
down an old car, restoring the engine, brakes and gear box and
building a train body and four carriages. The train was donated to
Corio job seeker lands dream job
Anxiety had affected MatchWorks job seeker John's ability to
search for employment, and a lack of a driver's licence made the
task of finding a job even harder. John came to MatchWorks Corio
while receiving treatment for anxiety and another medical
condition. He had also been out of employment for several years but
wanted to turn his life around.
Hundred Hole Hikers continue to impress
An intrepid group of golf enthusiasts have again successfully
taken on the extreme challenge of completing 100 holes of golf in
one day, all in the name of raising much-needed funds to support
programs for people living with an acquired brain injury.
MatchWorks job seeker placed in supportive environment
Geelong job seeker Mason presented to MatchWorks Geelong
looking for independence and felt this would be found through
employment. The 20-year-old, who was diagnosed with
Asperger's syndrome, had recently completed a Certificate IV in
Accounting at the Gordon TAFE to increase his employability. He had
also been volunteering with Springdale Neighbourhood Centre in
Professor Tony Attwood Autism Spectrum Disorder & Aspergers Syndrome
Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 4:30 PM
Karingal is pleased to be a major sponsor for the 2017 South West Disability Network Tony Attwood Seminars.
The seminars will run in Warrnambool on March 30 and 31, 2017. If you are in the South West over those dates and are wanting to increase your understanding of autism, register now.
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