Help for dis­abled

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps get peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties into the work­force is cel­e­brat­ing its 50th an­niver­sary by recog­nis­ing can­di­dates, em­ploy­ers and staff with awards.

The El­e­va­tor Group pre­sented Richard Di­a­mond with its Em­ployee Achieve­ment Award.

A num­ber of years ago Mr Di­a­mond was di­ag­nosed with pso­ri­atic arthri­tis. In the space of five years he went from be­ing a fit, healthy, 80 kilo­gram man to weigh­ing 45kg and be­ing con­fined to a wheel­chair.

Seven years later, and with his arthri­tis un­der con­trol from med­i­ca­tion, Mr Di­a­mond was job hunt­ing but he wasn’t get­ting far be­cause of his se­ri­ous med­i­cal his­tory.

A chance dis­cus­sion with a dis­trict health board nurse alerted him to El­e­va­tor and with the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s help Mr Di­a­mond se­cured a job in cus­tomer ser­vices at Tower Insurance in the CBD.

The Em­ployee Achieve­ment Award recog­nises Mr Di­a­mond’s com­mit­ment and achieve- ments, set­backs.

Tower Insurance won the Out­stand­ing Em­ployer Award in recog­ni­tion of its sup­port of Mr Di­a­mond.

‘‘Their will­ing­ness from the word go to take Mr Di­a­mond on, to pro­vide the sup­port and spe­cial care needed for him to be in their em­ploy is truly com­mend­able,’’ El­e­va­tor says.

Scott Wil­liams was pre­sented with the Em­ploy­ment Con­sul­tant of the Year award af­ter be­ing nom­i­nated by his co-work­ers.

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Go to cen­tral­leader. co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video about The El­e­va­tor Group.

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