Pair play Ac­tiv role in or­gan­i­sa­tion

Southern Telegraph - - News - Hay­ley God­dard

A mo­ti­vated duo cel­e­brated four decades of ser­vice with dis­abil­ity em­ploy­ment provider Ac­tiv at the Rock­ing­ham branch’s 40th an­niver­sary on Fri­day.

Em­ploy­ees Ian Heg­gie and Colin Veitch have worked at the not-for­profit agency since it opened in 1975, per­form­ing a range of jobs from can­teen to tim­ber works.

Mr Heg­gie said he loved com­ing to work ev­ery day.

“I have lots of great friends here and have worked on la­belling, mail-outs and now I work in pack­ag­ing — its heaps of fun.”

Ac­tiv Rock­ing­ham busi­ness ser­vices man­ager Leo Hickey said the event was a great op­por­tu­nity to celebrate the im­por­tant role Ac­tiv played in the com­mu­nity.

“We pro­vide a bet­ter life for peo- ple with dis­abil­i­ties — we build their con­fi­dence and in­de­pen­dence,” he said.

“It’s amaz­ing what peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties can achieve.

“There are no jobs here that don’t have an end prod­uct which is bought.”

He said the branch’s 63 em­ploy­ees worked on a range of projects, in­clud­ing tim­ber pal­lets, pel­mets, tex­tiles, pack­ag­ing, spe­cialised hos­pi­tal laun­dry bags and spe­cial fuel valves, to ser­vice in­dus­tries such as build­ing.

A num­ber of em­ploy­ees also re­ceived awards for 10 and 25 years of em­ploy­ment, and en­joyed a gi­ant birth­day cake.

Across WA, Ac­tiv em­ploys 1200 staff to sup­port about 2000 peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity to achieve their goals, over­come chal­lenges and pur­sue a bet­ter life.

Pic­ture: Hay­ley God­dard

Colin Veitch and Ian Heg­gie celebrate four decades of work­ing for Ac­tiv, as part of the Rock­ing­ham branch’s 40th an­niver­sary on Fri­day.

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