THE 10th anniversary party for Workability was held on Friday and invited to the celebration were “all those people who had made it possible”, the manager, Mrs Virginia Fitzclarence, said.

Workability Personnel Inc is an employment agency for people with disabilities.

It is dedicated to creating a job match tailored to the workplace requirements and is part of a national network of employment agencies for disabled jobseekers.

It carefully prepares applicants for selection by employers and has filled vacancies in a broad range of workplaces.

Where appropriate on-site training is provided, ensuring the worker performs the job to the employer’s satisfaction.

At Friday’s party, Mrs Fitzclarence said that everyone present had contributed something.

“Some have made huge contributions, others not as large, but we are all part of a team.

“In 1991, it was the vision and insight of Kym Mogridge who, with other work providers, started a workplace program.”

Bega TAFE had done a fabulous job providing premises, Mrs Fitzclarence said.

“Gerri Taylor did a similar job to that which she has been doing ever since – she is a stalwart.

“Then there was Vivienne Riddle from Commonwealth Rehabilitation, Marlene Garrett, David Gage and Simon Thompson on the first committee.”

A client, Mr Anthony Bond, has had the longest sustainable job with Workability, and his mother, Vicki, was very supportive on the board.

“Those early members set a good foundation in establishing that we would operate as an ordinary employment agency,” Mrs Fitzclarence said.

She thanked the early board members for their vision and the present ones for their invaluable contribution.

Client representatives were valuable too, she said, and gave up so much of their time in this volunteer work.

Of Workability’s chairperson, Mrs Junee Waites, Mrs Fitzclarence said she was the most fair-minded person I had ever met and gaves so much to Workability.

Volunteers and unsung heroes behind the scenes were Rod Waites and Robert Fitzclarence.

It was Mr Fitzclarence who came up with the name “Workability” and it was he who designed the logo.

He also helped maintain the building and grounds, she said.

The clients, employers and the staff were also thanked.

In 1991 it had been a hard task to get eight people into jobs, now, 10 years later, there are 84, Mrs Fitzclarence said.

Mrs Waites said Mrs Fitzclarence had tremendous tenacity and a sense of equality for all.

“We’re a very professional organisation,” Mrs Waites said.

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