This is a photo of a proud man. Kevin McNae has finally done it – he has put in the hard work and now owns his own scooter which he drives to work independently. This seemed a far-off goal months ago, but due to a group effort from Kevin himself, Levanne and Bryce from ConneXu, and strongly supported by his family, Kevin is able to enjoy the independence of not having to rely on others to get where he wants to in his life.
Here is the story as it appeared in the Te Awamutu Courier:
Many of our readers will recognise the friendly face of Kevin McNae, well-known personality and trolley collector at Pak’n’Save Te Awamutu.
Kevin has been working at Pak’n’Save for two years and during this time he has built up a strong rapport with many of the customers. Pak’n’Save Store Manager David Jones says that the store is extremely happy with Kevin’s work. “He goes out of his way to make people happy and he has a great work ethic,” says Mr Jones.
We are proud to announce that at the end of last year, our CEO Fern Ryan (pictured) was appointed onto the Inclusive NZ Board. Inclusive NZ is a federation of organisations and individuals involved in the provision of employment and community support services for people with disabilities. Their ultimate vision is for New Zealand to become ‘100 percent inclusive and accessible to all’. This obviously aligns very well with our own values at ConneXu, and so Fern is able to share her vast knowledge and experience gathered over the last 25 years of working in senior roles in the community and disability support sector with them. This is exciting for both organisations, as it fosters closer working relationships and more opportunities towards our common goals.
Congratulations and thank you to all of our ConneXu team for their hard work and dedication to health and safety. Led by Janette and Laura (Safewise), a huge effort by the Health and Safety team (pictured) went into the development and roll-out of ConneXu’s Workplace Safety Management Practices (WSMP) over the past few months, and culminated in us being awarded secondary level accreditation for WSMP.