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The Shire of Augusta Margaret River congratulates Chief Executive Officer Gary Evershed for taking out the CEO Leadership Regional category at the Lighthouse Project Local Employment of People with Disability Awards on Friday 26 August 2017.
Coordinated by the Local Government Professionals Australia WA and Disability Services Commission, the awards recognise local governments and their leaders who work to provide employment opportunities for people with a disability.
Community Development Officer Katie Taylor nominated Mr Evershed on behalf of Shire, saying his leadership in the area of disability employment was highly regarded by Shire staff and local disability support agencies.
“In his nine years as CEO, Gary has ensured all HR recruiting systems are flexible and committed to equal employment opportunity, and comprehensive access and inclusion inductions are compulsory for all staff and managers.
“In 2015, Gary personally requested access and inclusion updates at fortnightly Executive Leadership Team meetings.
“These continue on an ongoing basis, ensuring accessibility is at the forefront of all Shire projects and events, cementing the importance of access and inclusion from the top down.”
Ms Taylor said the culture of inclusion at the Shire has resulted in a number of successful employment placements for people with a disability.
“Gary has a keen interest in access and inclusion, driving this passion down through the organisation, helping to create a culture of diversity and inclusion across the Shire,” she said.
“People with a disability make up 1.3% of indoor and 5.4% of the Shire’s outdoor workforce.
“These staff members all work to serve the community through their roles and are greatly valued for their contributions to the workplace.
“They are very much treated as equals with service milestones and achievements are celebrated as they would be with all other staff members.”
Under Mr Eversheds leadership, the Shire has strong relationships with disability support agencies such as CamCan and Forrest Personnel.
“As well as walking the talk and championing internally, Gary encourages other local organisations to be inclusive employers,” she said.
“In 2015, the Shire held a joint sundowner with Forrest Personnel and the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce aimed at encouraging local employers to embrace diversity and employ people with disability in their businesses.
“This successful initiative had over 50 attendees and created linkages between local businesses and Forrest Personnel.
“It also exposed the Shire’s culture of diversity and inclusion to the wider community, reinforcing Gary’s commitment towards creating opportunities for the employment of people with disabilities.”
Shire CEO Gary Evershed thanked the Community Development team for his nomination and reiterated the value of employing people with a disability.
“Thank you to the Community Development Team and our great staff for implementing our employment programs and inclusion initiatives,” he said.
“I’m honoured to lead a team of dedicated professionals who nominated me for a CEO Leadership Award in access and inclusion for people with varied abilities.”
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