More than 700 people attended the 2015 Disability Support Awards gala dinner at Crown Perth this month, acknowledging the outstanding contributions of disability support officers and the role they play in the lives of people with disability and their families.
Now in its seventh year, the sold out event showcased the disability services sector as a place of innovation, a place for employment, and a place to have a career. The awards celebrated the achievements of people with disability and rewarded those who demonstrated excellence, passion, vision and commitment to supporting people with disability.
Over 100 nominations were received for the 2015 Awards. Three of Ability Centre’s six nominees were winners in their respective categories.
Excellence in Personal and Community Support Award
Excellence in Improving Employment Opportunities Award
Ian Thomas, Goodwill Engineering
Lifetime Achievement Award
Elinor Loomes was also a highly regarded finalist in the Excellence in Improving Participation category, and nominees Tracey Adams and Peace Mandewo were recognised also.
Ability Centre’s CEO Judy Hogben said the Awards are a wonderful way of recognising the positive contribution support workers make on a daily basis to individuals and families.
“We are proud to have our support officers recognised for going above and beyond their role and we thank them for their commitment to enriching the lives of our service users,” Ms Hogben said.
“I am incredibly thankful for the positive and profound work undertaken by our winners, nominees and indeed, of the work undertaken by all of Ability Centre’s support officers”.