Supported employment service, Fairhaven, has farewelled one of its longest-serving employees, Darren Jones, after an impressive 35-year career.
Jones began working at Fairhaven as a supported employee in 1985 – the year TV soap Neighbours first aired on our screens, Michael Jordan was named NBA’s rookie of the year and Bob Hawke was Prime Minister.
Since then he has worked in a variety of packaging, assembly and production line tasks for a range of high-profile companies such as Pandora, Sanitarium and Masterfoods.
He said working at Fairhaven was more than just a day job; it was also a place where he made life-long friends, learnt new skills and took great pride in his abilities
“I was sad to leave but I will still see my friends,” he said.
Jones said he was now enjoying activities with Life without Barriers.
The Point Clare-based not-for-profit is a recognised charity and is an Australian Disability Enterprise (ADE).
Fairhaven CEO, Scott Holz, said Jones was one of more than 100 supported employees enjoying working life with the ADE Fairhaven CoPack.
“Fairhaven is proud to be the largest provider of supported employment on the Coast,” Holz said.
“We have been providing work experience and employment opportunities for people living with disability since 1971.
“We may be farewelling Darren but he will always remain part of the Fairhaven family.”
Holz said ADEs are part of a continuum of employment opportunities for people living with disability and act as a link, helping them gain training and experience to confidently step into open employment or to continue in supported employment if they choose.
“If you have Finding and Keeping a Job in your NDIS plan you will be able to work with us,” he said.
“You’ll learn new skills, receive workplace training, and best of all – enjoy being part of a great team.”
Media release, Oct 15