Hannah Isles receives Allen James Award

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Congratulations Hannah Isles, Towards Employment Facilitator at OC Connections Enterprises (OCCE), for receiving Rotary’s Allen James Award at the Annual Rotary Changeover Dinner on Monday 5 July.

In recognition of her work, Hannah received a vocational scholarship to pursue her education and training in the disability field. The scholarship will help fund her current study in the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion at Deakin.

As the Towards Employment Facilitator at OCC Enterprises, Hannah supports and mentors school leavers with disability in their pathway towards employment.

Hannah was nominated for the award by Athena Kontonis, Learning & Assessment Manager and Steve Betinsky, General Manager, Employment & Enterprises from OCCE.

Steve said Hannah has done a sensational job with developing the Towards Employment curriculum including building the online delivery model which was used to great effect during the Covid-19 lockdowns. She has received several glowing endorsements from the participant’s parents who have observed positive changes since their family member commenced the employment pathway.

Peter Webb from the Rotary Club of OHC Inc. (Oakleigh, Clayton and Huntingdale) presented the award to Hannah at the award ceremony and dinner held at the Clayton Hotel.

Hannah said, It felt great to be recognised by my peers.  I started the Graduate Certificate of Disability and Inclusion at Deakin University in March and hope to graduate in November this year.  The award’s financial contribution will help my study debt, that’s for sure!

Find out more about the Towards Employment Pathway that Hannah facilitates here.