More than 700 people attended the 2016 Disability Support Awards gala dinner at Crown Perth, 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 eighth year, the 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.
Amongst a highly skilled field, Stephen Cathie and Jessica Trezdziack were finalists in the Excellence in Personal and Community Support Award category, with Stephen announced as thewinner in 2016.
Stephen has made a huge difference to the life of Eleana who nominated him for, among other things; inspiring Eleana to achieve her goals, empowering her to build her confidence, and most importantly being a good listener and friend to Eleana.
“I have built up my confidence with the help of Stephen and this has opened up my world. I now spend more time in the community rather than always at home. I meet new people and I have greater independence. I am now taking a massive step by starting volunteering which makes me feel useful," Eleana said.
Ability Centre CEO Suzi Cowcher said the awards are a fantastic way of recognising our support workers’ commitment to enriching the lives of our service users.
“We couldn’t have been prouder of Stephen for this well-deserved recognition.”
“Simply being nominated demonstrates the esteem in which our support workers are held by the individuals they support, the families who love and care for those individuals, and their peers.”
Congratulations to Carmen Watene, nominated in the Emerging Leader category; Karen O’Shea for Lifetime Achievement; Gareth Goodway for Excellence in Improving Participation.