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Toowoomba resident Debbie Turner lives and breathes the disability sector.
Debbie is not only a dedicated support worker at an Endeavour Foundation residential service in Toowoomba, but is also a foster mother to children with a disability and a keen supporter of functions for people with a disability.
“It’s a passion – supporting people with a disability,” Debbie said. Debbie’s continuous efforts were recognised in June, when the Rotary Club of Toowoomba East presented her with this year’s Ron Martin Award, for her “dedication and exemplary service to people with a disability and the clients of Endeavour”.
“I couldn’t believe it when they told me,” Debbie said. “It’s very touching to have even been nominated.”
Debbie joined Endeavour in 2005, after working in aged care for nine years. She recently stepped down from her role as Toowoomba service coordinator – which saw her manage four Endeavour residential services which provide support to more than 40 service-users – to return to support work at one of the residential services.
“I wanted to get back to working in direct support,” she said.
Since joining Endeavour Debbie has immersed herself in all that the organisation stands for, having completed four Great Endeavour Rally events, three Endeavour 500 Summer Challenge running relays and two Ride of a Lifetimes.
The dedicated worker said she doesn’t think twice about going the extra mile to support functions and opportunities for people with a disability.
“I love it,” she said.
Ron Martin was a dedicated Rotarian and also a long-time supporter of Endeavour Foundation. Endeavour’s Martin House accommodation service in Toowoomba was named after him.
He was heavily involved with Endeavour Foundation Industries (then Endeavour Workshops) and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his humanitarian work. Ron died in 1993.