Port Pirie Breakfast
“Jobs Change Lives”
Community Bridging Services (CBS) Inc. hosted a business breakfast on Friday 22 July 2016 at Flinders Motel on Main, Port Pirie. The networking event was well attended with the staff (who were made up of CBS Inc. clients) at Flinders on Main providing a scrumptious breakfast to help start the day. The main focus of this event was bringing business and the community together to create jobs – with the simple theme “Jobs Change Lives ” and makes communities stronger. The event also emphasised recognising the strengths of employees with a disability, their loyalty and positive contribution to any workplace.
The event showcased guest speakers from a variety of backgrounds. Rowan Ramsey MP Federal Member for Grey, spoke about the necessity for employers to support persons with a disability into meaningful work and urged business to tailor jobs for people within our local communities. Veronica Bignell, a CBS Inc. client living in Port Pirie, spoke from the heart as she took the audience on a journey from difficult times to a place now where she can clearly see light at the end of the tunnel. Veronica thanked and praised CBS Inc. and her current employer, Helping Hand for her happiness in securing employment and moving into further study, after years of stress and uncertainty. Phil(Fidelis Chifamba), representing Helping Hand Community Care spoke eloquently on Veronicas rise in confidence and self-esteem as she successfully navigated through her employment with Helping Hand and Henry Crossley rounded off the event with his heart felt message to the audience on how his son is now employed with the District Council of Peterborough thanks to the support of organisations such as CBS Inc.
The NDIS was also discussed at the event and raised discussion on an opportunity to build the local economy by having a stand-alone office in Port Pirie, as this is where the highest demand lies outside Adelaide.