11th May 2021
Mr GREG PIPER (Lake Macquarie)—Every now and then an extraordinary person comes along who is determined to make a difference in the lives of people who need it most. Jonathon Power from Cardiff is one such person. His valiant efforts were recently recognised when he was named the 2021 Lake Mac Ambassador for his selfless and extensive work with people who have a disability, as well as with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community. Jonathon's parents both have lifelong disabilities so it's not surprising that he decided on a career in the disability sector. During his time as a disability support worker, Jonathon realised that many of the people he cared for were not getting access to the programs or support they needed to thrive so he decided to do something about it. In 2017, he along with a roommate formed Empowered Community Services. Since then the service has rapidly grown from a two-man band into a business with 70 employees, with a focus on providing mental health support services for clients with complex needs and linking them in with appropriate programs. I congratulate Jonathon on his excellent work and vision.
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