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Blacktown City Council today acknowledged the contribution of Endeavour Foundation to the Mt Druitt community at a ceremony for International Day of People with a Disability.
The Council presented Endeavour Foundation with a certificate of appreciation, in recognition of the life-changing opportunities the organisation offers people with a disability in the wider Blacktown community.
Endeavour Foundation Industries Mt Druitt, also known as Filpac services, provides employment, training and development opportunities for 240 people with a disability.
Supported employees work on various packaging projects, including packing well-known household products and food.
"To be acknowledged on International Day of People with a Disability is wonderful," said Endeavour Foundation Industries Mt Druitt manager Cory Magtibay.
"International Day of People with a Disability is a time to celebrate the amazing things people with a disability can achieve.
"Being acknowledged highlights the amazing opportunities Endeavour Foundation offers people with a disability.
"Endeavour Foundation focuses on the supported employees’ personal and professional development.
"The organisation offers a comprehensive assessment to supported employees, to determine the best employment options based on the individual’s skills, abilities, personal goals and availability."
Mary Kelditis certainly knows the benefits of being a supported employee at Endeavour Foundation Industries Mt Druitt.
Mary has been with the service for 10 years, performing a range of tasks such as packaging and working machinery.
Mary is today celebrating her successful completion of a TAFE course, Cert III in Office Administration, which Endeavour Foundation staff supported her to complete.
Mary worked five days a week at Endeavour Foundation Industries Mt Druitt until she started the course, after which she dropped to two days a week.
During these two days a week Mary has worked in the service’s office administration area, to enhance her course-related skills and ensure she was well-equipped to succeed in her desired field.
Mary said on-the-job training at Endeavour Foundation and performing duties such as answering the phone, filing, customer/visitor relations and general administration skills has greatly helped her succeed at TAFE.
"Having somewhere to put the course skills in to practice has been a great help," Mary said.
"It’s gave me great confidence and made me see what I was capable of."
With these skills now under her belt, Mary is looking forward to seeking open employment.
Endeavour Foundation is one of the largest employers of people with a disability in Australia, with more than 1,800 supported employees working at 26 sites throughout Queensland and Sydney.
Endeavour Foundation Industries has three sites in Sydney – Seven Hills, Mt Druitt and Castle Hill — which were acquired from the insolvent Cumberland Industries last year, thus saving nearly 500 local jobs.
Cory said that the Council’s acknowledgement came at a great time, with Endeavour Foundation tomorrow launching its 60th anniversary of supporting people with a disability to live a normal life.
"Next year, we will be celebrating our 60th birthday and we will be asking the entire community to celebrate with us, because without our supporters, we would not be able to offer the life-changing services we do," she said.
A diverse program of events will be held in communities across Queensland and New South Wales, including in the MT Druitt/Blacktown community, to engage everyone in the celebrations throughout 2011.
Those interested in learning about the employment and training opportunities Endeavour Foundation offers can call Denise Apps on (02) 8867 4213 or 0404 154 693.
Jo Glover, Media and Communications Officer
Phone: (07) 3908 7257, 0429 065 440
Fax: (07) 3253 7271