It was my privilege to be interviewed by Murray Wilton on Friday (http://www.2ue.com.au/2ues-murray-wilton/20090323-97ei.html). Murray shares my interest in rural employment and he was keen to tell listeners how they might be able to access NOVA's services.
Which leads nicely into an update and a good news story: NOVA Employment - Broken Hill.
You'd think if anywhere were to be affected by the global financial crisis it would be here. After all BHP, once Australia's largest business, started life as Broken Hill Pty Ltd. and Australia's mining communities have been badly hit by the economic slowdown.
However, under the management and energetic leadership of Jess Burton our employment team: Brenda Ralph, Georgie Donohue and Erin Meehan, have created an oasis of opportunity for people with disability in the Far West.
In April of this year we ran a competition for best outlet performance with first prize a private harbour cruise and dinner for the winners of this competition. The competition winners would be joined by NOVA's 5 highest placing employment staff, NOVA's Board and senior management.
The inaugural 'team champions' were NOVA - Broken Hill. However, 2 of the top 5 placing staff across the organisation were also Broken Hill employees.
What a fabulous result!
It's a reflection of 2 things: first the skill, dedication and enterprise of the staff; second, the openness of employers in rural communities to the concept of employment for people who have a disability.
If proportionally as many employers in our Sydney catchments were prepared to take staff on, NOVA would run out of candidates!
Congratulations to Jess, her team and the generosity of employers in the bush.
Many thanks also to Murray Wilton for his willingness to promote both.
NOVA Broken Hill also looks after Willcannia, Menindee, Tibooburra, Cobar, Bourke, Brewarrina & Nyngan.
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