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