Adrian Mannix lived in Drysdale his whole life and during that life well lived he overcame what most people would call disabilities and he turned them into trademarks. Adrian could stop a very fast moving cricket ball with his artificial legs much to the dismay of his opposition team and later in life he would create much dismay in a hotel bar when he wore them backwards.
Adrian had a celebrated skill, the most beautiful calligraphy, people came from all over the Bellarine asking him to write on special certificates. He crafted this artistic display with only a couple of fingers.
Adrian served our community in so many ways as Scout Leader, School Councillor, Lions President and District Governor, President SpringDale Community Cottage (forerunner of SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre) Councillor and Mayor of Bellarine Rural City Council.
This lays the scene for an award created in Adrian’s honour and in 2018 the 17th annual awardee is Glen Jose, an incredibly active member and dedicated member of a variety of groups in Portarlington.
Glen has only lived in Portarlington for 7 years but during that time he has thrown himself into community service with Portarlington CFA, Portarlington Food Assistance, Bellarine Community Safety and Portarlington Drysdale Lions. Congratulations Glen and congratulations to these groups who benefit greatly from Glen’s dedication.
Glen is donating the funds awarded by the Rotary Club of Drysdale and Portarlington Drysdale Lions Club to the Portarlington CFA. Our community thanks and salutes you, Glen, and wishes you well as you continue your community service endeavours and as you inspire others to service.
SpringDale Neighbourhood Centre is pleased to be part of this celebration and an honour board for this award hangs in the SpringDale foyer. Our community is the winner because of people like Glen.
SpringDale is running a project on Autism and a great deal of help is needed. We need people who wish to understand autism in a greater way, we need people who are on the Autism Spectrum and who would like to participate in our project and we need Businesses who are willing to give people on the Autism Spectrum a go.
Our project is about looking at the skills that people on the Autism Spectrum bring with them to opportunities. At SpringDale, we have had many years of aligning people and their skills with opportunities. We listen to people and try to align new volunteers with activities in which they might be interested.
We have developed a Career Portfolio structure which we would like people to complete and assess for us. We would appreciate people on the Autism Spectrum who would like to know what we do and see if we are worthy of their trust as we have been for a number of people on the Spectrum already, and we would love to hear from you and work out a way we can interact or help your dreams come true. We also really need to hear from Business people who might have a task which is hard to get people to do happily, tasks that might need focus, may need determination and problem solving.
We are employing Asset Based Community Development which means we look at what people have not what they don’t have to go forward. Over the years, every time my son has faced another challenge, people have looked at what he cannot do and that becomes the baseline, not look at what he can do well. This project is very important to me but I know that if we can see patterns, inform the community and build better options for many parts of our community, we will all be better off.
Looking forward to hearing from many people as by knowing more about the Autism Spectrum will help us as a community. Thanks for reading this. Anne Brackley Autism Advocate.
Please contact Anne Brackley via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0407 529205 if you would like to help with this project or if you would like to receive updates from this project.
PS: still hoping to hear from anyone who might like to be a Peer Mentor for a person with a disability who might like to view potential opportunities via a Virtual Reality headset.
Expression of interest for a session at SpringDale for people who might like to become carers of young people on the Autism spectrum, parents of people on the Autism spectrum and people on the Autism spectrum.
The Work PlI>ys VR Game involves scenarios of typical disability service work that has been developed in consultation with young people, Disability Service Employers and the Creative Industry.
This is an opportunity for interested participants to immerse in a 360-degree virtual reality work experience to engage people to consider a career in the disability services sector.
For more information please contact Anne Brackley:
email email@example.com or
phone 0407 529 205 – I’d love to hear from you.