Disability Services Awards 2024

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Disability Services Awards 2024

Down Syndrome WA was honored to be amongst an outstanding group of nominees at the Disability Services Awards 2024. The award presentation event was held on the same night as the DSWA Gala, and Sue Summers, our previous Employment Coordinator attended on our behalf.

We received nominations in three categories.

Excellence in Home and Family Support – Nikki Schwagermann

Nikki was honoured in the nomination for her outstanding contribution to DSWA community over the past 12 years, with a focus on the specific impacts she has had on families in her role as Family Support Officer and now as Senior Coordinator. Nikki’s contribution to the community was recognised as outstanding, and we also acknowledge her incredible passion, willingness to go above and beyond to help families, and her dedication to the association. Nikki’s heart and focus have always been on delivering person-centered, individualised support, and we are incredibly grateful to have her leading our Family Support Team, she is an incredible asset to the DSWA community. Her dedication has made a profound impact on the lives of our Down Syndrome WA families, and we are honoured to celebrate her and proud of her incredible achievements over the past 12 years.

Excellence in Supporting Employment Outcomes – The Employment Team – Finalist

Nominated for the creative delivery and commitment to supporting people with Down syndrome to find meaningful, paid roles in open employment. The success of the program comes down the the amazing staff who run and deliver the program. Congratulations to Sue, Stephanie, Mariana, Zali and all of the mentors who have also worked in the program.

Innovation in Service Delivery – Cassandra Hughes – Finalist

Recognised for the work in bringing awareness of Down Syndrome Regression disorder and supporting families with DSRD and also the Dementia support group.