Recognition, partnership and celebrating more than 300 years of employment of people with disability and mental illness

employees-and-minister-group-picW.A. Disability Enterprises (WADEs) came together on Tuesday 25 October at the Stirling aquatic Centre for our 4th annual event to recognise and celebrate the achievement of WADEs and their partners.

Hosted by Intelife Group (one of the 8 WADEs) and CEO Fiona Beermier, more than 150 guests joined the Hon. Donna Faragher, Minister for Disability Services, which recognised the business and State and Local Government’s providing meaningful employment, training and skills development opportunities for people with disability & mental illness.

We celebrated:

  • Securing $35 million in longer term contract agreements with State and Local Government agencies giving our supported employees the opportunity to learn and develop new skills
  • The evolution of new and innovative businesses in the community – like the partnership between the City of Stirling and Workpower that now manages the new and improved Stirling Tip Shop providing better work for nine people with a disability or mental illness
  • Recognition of two outstanding State Government agencies and two Local Government Councils that have shown initiative and innovation when seeking to partner with WADEs and their employees.
    • State Library of WA
    • WA Police
    • City of Cockburn
    • City of Stirling
  • The Finale – presentation of length of employment service awards that recognised and congratulated Intelife’s longest serving employees – totalling more than 300 years of employment. These employees live across the Metropolitan area.

Mr John Knowles, CEO of Good Samaritan Industries and Chairman of the WADE Alliance, said the improvement in the quality and enjoyment of life for people is immeasurable.

‘The impact of increased state and now local government procurement has been powerful, and can be more so in the lives of our employees,’ he said.