This month the Independent Living Centre WA (ILC) celebrated our 40th anniversary at a special event where over 100 guests also received a sneak peek at our new and improved assistive technology display floor, which is set to reopen on 2 January 2019.
The Honourable Stephen Dawson, Minister for Environment and Disability Services, joined us to celebrate the fact that we have supported hundreds of thousands of Western Australians to live more independent and fuller lives through advice around assistive technology and the provision of allied health support.
ILC Board Chairperson Melissa Bramley acknowledged ILC founder Freda Jacob AM.
“Tonight I think it is fitting we honour and remember Freda Jacob, as none of us would be here today without her foresight and commitment to helping people to help themselves.”
Melissa presented the Freda Jacob scholarship for 2018-19 to ILC
Occupational Therapist Sacha Marchant and the ILC Scholarship to Program Support Officer Melissa Bocock.
To celebrate our achievements with the wider Western Australian community, we published an eight-page liftout in The West Australian on 12 December. The feature includes a range of articles covering our history to our future; ILC and assistive technology initiatives, research and projects; and stories about how assistive technology and allied health support benefits people’s lives. Check out this great read here.
Thank you to our supporters Bluesky Healthcare, Freedom Motors Australia, Wesbar Vanquip, MyVista and KZN Group for partnering with us to make this feature possible.
Competition winner announced
To celebrate our 40th anniversary we also ran a Facebook competition ’40 questions in 40 days’, where we posted a daily question our Facebook page and website for 40 consecutive days. The competition aimed to involve people in our organisation’s history as well as share information about how assistive technology and allied health services could support people’s independence, safety and wellbeing. Over 80 people took part in the competition and five people answered all 40 questions correctly but there could only be one winner. Congratulations to Rachael Bressington for taking home the prize in time for Christmas and well done to everyone who participated.