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Debbie Hewitt wears many hats at CDS including that ofTeam Leader New Business
Debbie Hewitt wears many hats at CDS including that of Team Leader New Business

STAFF PROFILE

DEBBIE HEWITT, BUSINESS TEAM LEADER

Time in role – 4.5 years

What do you like the most about CDS and your role?  Seeing high functioning clients progress.

Why are you working in this industry? I was a teacher’s aide so this role in some ways is in a similar field.

If you weren’t in this industry what would you be doing?  On a deserted island.

If you were CEO for a day what would you change? All the things we hope will eventuate.

Email your photos and stories to – dane.millerd@currajong.org.au for our next weekly newsletter email.

Deadline is 10am each Thursday.

The weekly email newsletter is designed to keep everyone abreast of events and changes within the organisation in relation to the NDIS and subsequent implementation.

Do you have any feedback? Email us at feedback@currajong.org.au

Your comments are confidential and will go directly to the CEO for consideration.

We encourage all stakeholders to send through their views so we can all strive to make Currajong Disability Services a better and more progressive organisation.

Kimberley Hughes enjoys the range of creative options CDS offers.
Kimberley Hughes enjoys the range of creative options CDS offers.

CLIENT PROFILE

Kimberley Hughes, 32, Peak Hill

What do you love most about CDS? Line dancing, volunteering at Southern Cross and interacting with people.

What is your favourite thing to do here? Writing short horror stories.

How long have you been at CDS? About 3 years.

What would you change about CDS? It would be great if we could make our own horror movie here at CDS.
Email your photos and stories to – dane.millerd@currajong.org.au for our next weekly newsletter email.

Deadline is 10am each Thursday.

The weekly email newsletter is designed to keep everyone abreast of events and changes within the organisation in relation to the NDIS and subsequent implementation.

Do you have any feedback? Email us at feedback@currajong.org.au

Your comments are confidential and will go directly to the CEO for consideration. We encourage all stakeholders to send through their views so we can all strive to make Currajong Disability Services a better and more progressive organisation.

Angela Wilson, one of the many champions of CASNG at a recent school function
Angela Wilson, one of the many champions of CASNG at a recent school function

Currajong Autism & Special Needs Group (CASNG) took on a name change at the start of this year when they officially became a sub-committee of Currajong Disability Services. This also meant a change with their logo to incorporate the CDS logo.

Under the umbrella of Currajong Disability Services, CASNG are commited to creating AWARENESS of people with special needs, which will create UNDERSTANDING and ultimately bring ACCEPTANCE.

Highlights for the 2016/17 financial year include 

* October 2016 – Relay for Life with $634 raised for the Cancer Council.

* November 2016 – Celebrating Neurodiversity event raises $10,000 for CASNG as well as nomination for ‘Community Event of the Year’ at the Parkes Australia Day awards.

* November 2016 – John Holland Charity Golf Day raised $20,000 for CASNG.

* December 2016 – Byrne’s Clothing BBQ raises $220 for CASNG and $500 cheque also presented to CASNG.

* January 2017 – All gold coin donations from Elvis Photo Competition go to CASNG totalling $800.

* March 2017 – CASNG help launch 10 Buddy Benches (above) with help from Whitney’s Welding & Bobcat Hire to promote inclusion in schools.

* April 2017 – World Autism Awareness Month launched with Parkes Dish lit up blue. BBQ and cake stall raised $1908.25 for CASNG.

* May 2017 – CASNG favourite and facilitator Deb Collier resigns.

* June 2017 – Talent Quest Neon Disco run by Twinkle Toes Dance Studio Parkes with $700 donated to CASNG.

* September 2017 – $6300 grant to CASNG for Sue Larkey Behaviour Workshop.

David Parker with son Brad - also of CDS
David Parker with son Brad - also of CDS

STAFF PROFILE

DAVID PARKER, 56, CDS CEO

Time in role – Over 20 years

What do you like the most about CDS and your role? CDS has given individuals with a disability the opportunity tom work, be within the community and have a say, not just a title. I guess you could say my role is to be there and offer assistance and guidance for those that need it and also assist in the long term future of CDS.

Why are you working in this industry? I had the opportunity to teach a young girl with cerebral palsy how to swim at a young age and I found it very enjoyable to see the smile it put on her face and to be confident in the things she did and the rest is history.

If you weren’t in this industry what would you be doing? Working in some aged care industry, helping those in need and have a voice for them.

What was the best advice you were ever given? The best advice I was given was to be yourself and not to try and impress to be accepted. If people can’t accept you for who you are then you don’t need them.

Email your photos and stories to – dane.millerd@currajong.org.au for our next weekly newsletter email.

Deadline is 10am each Thursday.

The weekly email newsletter is designed to keep everyone abreast of events and changes within the organisation in relation to the NDIS and subsequent implementation.

Do you have any feedback? Email us at feedback@currajong.org.au

Your comments are confidential and will go directly to the CEO for consideration.

We encourage all stakeholders to send through their views so we can all strive to make Currajong Disability Services a better and more progressive organisation.

 

John Dwyer and Ross McCulloch getting ready for the big day
John Dwyer and Ross McCulloch getting ready for the big day

RECENTLY the Born to Read Condobolin Committee held their annual Born to Read day on the second Tuesday of September (September 14) at Condobolin RSL auditorium.

Currajong Disability Services Condobolin were instrumental in the preparations with clients assisting in preparing showbags for hundreds of children on the day.

Abby Grimshaw, treasurer of Born to Read Condobolin and Co-ordinator of the Joey reader bags they pack have farmyard puppets and what they do is invaluable.

“Born To Read Condobolin is a non-profit organisation made up of representatives from all Condobolin schools, the Preschool Kindergarten, TAFE, Condobolin Health Service, Lachlan Shire Library, Lachlan Children’s Services, Condobolin Quota Club, and community volunteers,” Abby said.

“The Born to Read Committee relies on sponsorship from many local organisations, as well as community donations, energy and support and fundraising to fund the materials used to promote the message of Born to Read.

“Money raised also funds books and resources. These are given free to all babies in the Lachlan Shire, from birth and then annually for their first four birthdays, through the Joey Reader Club.”

For CDS Condobolin the day was another enjoyable experience and a definite highlight of the local calendar leaving no doubt that the enduring partnership between CDS and Born 2 Read will continue into 2018 and beyond.

* Born to Read would like to acknowledge the support and contribution of Families First and the Schools As Community Centres Project at Condobolin Public School and Lachlan Shire Council.

More info can be obtained from – http://www.borntoreadcondobolin.com/

Charles Hamer celebrates 10 years with CDS
Charles Hamer celebrates 10 years with CDS

CLIENT PROFILE

Charles Hamer, 28, Parkes

What do you love most about CDS? The people – especially David Parker. He is a lovable guy!

What is your favourite thing to do here? Cooking and tennis are two but video games on the PS4 and swimming would be top of the list.

How long have you been at CDS? About 10 years.

What would you change about CDS? Nothing. Though sometimes I wish there were two Jodie’s and two Donna’s.

Email your photos and stories to – dane.millerd@currajong.org.au for our next weekly newsletter email.

Deadline is 10am each Thursday.

The weekly email newsletter is designed to keep everyone abreast of events and changes within the organisation in relation to the NDIS and subsequent implementation.

Do you have any feedback? Email us at feedback@currajong.org.au

Your comments are confidential and will go directly to the CEO for consideration.

We encourage all stakeholders to send through their views so we can all strive to make Currajong Disability Services a better and more progressive organisation.

CDS clients or future Masterchef contenders?
CDS clients or future Masterchef contenders?

KITCHEN ESSENTIALS AT TAFE WESTERN TODAY

IT wasn’t MasterChef but it was fun! Eight CDS clients today began the new TAFE Western SOA in Kitchen Essentials course and from all reports the course was popular.

The course, which teaches hygienic practices for food safety, clean kitchen premises and equipment, prepare and produce simple dishes as well prepare and present sandwiches runs for six weeks.

“Everyone had fun the first day and enjoyed this course,” said Indigo Kriedemann, Team Leader Direct Care.

“Many have shown really good skills in hospitality and we have no doubt others will sign up as soon as the next course if offered.

“TAFE Western and Parkes College especially are to be commended for courses such as this that help give students the right skills and also necessary qualifications to progress such a career.”

For students Jye Jeffery and Tara Dennis the first day of the course was extremely enjoyable and exciting with prepared food brought back to share with CDS staff and other clients.

Classes run from 9:30am to 1:30pm each Friday and the course is fully subsidised for eligible students.

Shannon Miller displaying his second place certificate from the 2017 Parkes Show
Shannon Miller displaying his second place certificate from the 2017 Parkes Show

SHANNON Miller is fast getting a reputation for his outstanding beading work.

After winning second prize for his section at the Parkes Show, some preliminary orders have started coming in for his bead designs.

Shannon has been beading for 17 years and admits it keeps him happy.

“People have been buying my beaded designs from me for ages,” said Shannon.

“I make and sell wallets, purses, necklaces and bracelets.

“I hope to one day make it into a business.”

In the meantime, Shannon will continue to be creative at CDS and do his beading.

“He can make just about anything,” said CDS Support Worker Georgia Ward.

“He also paints and he is a great cook.

“There isn’t much he can’t do and he takes requests from people who want bead-related products made,” she said.

From miniature elephants to other items, Shannon not only has the talent but also great recall and vision to be able to create such artwork.

“He’s an amazing talent!” Georgia said.

Well done Shannon!

Dearnne Callaghan took out the sewing section at the Parkes Show.
Dearnne Callaghan took out the sewing section at the Parkes Show.

WHILE it may have come as a surprise to many, for those in the know at Currajong Disability Services, the organisations success in the sewing section was anything but a shock.

Clients from Currajong not only picked up one first place but FIVE in a dominant display not seen since Tiger Woods 1997 triumph at the US Masters.

“It really is a tremendous achievement,” said CDS CEO Jeff Evans.

“It is something everyone should be extremely proud of and take a lot of satisfaction from.”

In a stacked and competitive field, CDS clients lead by Dearne Callaghan (who claimed a first prize) and mentored by Dietre Jackson also picked up three minor placings in one of Parkes Show’s flagship sections.

They included a second to Shannon Miller and a Highly Commended for Karen Willis among others.

The win hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Parkes community either with enquiries about orders already being made.

Email your photos and stories to – dane.millerd@currajong.org.au for our next weekly newsletter email. Deadline is 10am each Thursday.

The weekly email newsletter is designed to keep everyone abreast of events and changes within the organisation in relation to the NDIS and subsequent implementation.

Do you have any feedback? Email us at feedback@currajong.org.au

Your comments are confidential and will go directly to the CEO for consideration. We encourage all stakeholders to send through their views so we can all strive to make Currajong Disability Services a better and more progressive organisation.