Western Australian Disability Enterprises (WADEs) came together on Wednesday, 30 September at the Spine & Limb Foundation to celebrate and recognise three years of collaboration to provide valuable, meaningful employment opportunities for people living with disability and mental illness in WA.

Over 200 people attended the celebration, spearheaded by the Hon. Helen Morton, MLC Minister for Disability Services. The Minister was joined by guests from various State Government agencies and Local Government Councils WALGA, WADE personnel and more than 75 supported employees from Paraquad Industries in Shenton Park.

The event celebrated some great achievements :

  •  Securing $25 million of contract agreements with State and Local Government agencies, giving our supported employees the opportunity to learn and develop new skills
  • Welcoming the Shire of Manjimup as the eighth Disability Enterprise assisting in the employment of people with a disability in regional WA
  • Acknowledging BreastScreen WA, Department of Mines and Petroleum and WorkCover WA—three of many agencies that have encapsulated the value of ‘meaningful’ employment
  • Five Supported Employees from across the state were presented with length of service awards—totalling 130 years of service! !

The value of working together to make a difference in our society is exemplified in a saying by Helen Keller:

 “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”