'Aware' of a need for excellence

Aware Industries were awarded runners up in the Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award. CEO Sharon Muggivan and process worker Adam Hanns with the award on the factory floor. Picture: TARA GOONAN

Aware Industries were awarded runners up in the Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award. CEO Sharon Muggivan and process worker Adam Hanns with the award on the factory floor. Picture: TARA GOONAN

A WODONGA disability services enterprise has been named as a runner-up at the 2014 Australian Disability Enterprises Excellence Award.

Aware Industries, which provides employment and opportunities to people with disabilities, was one of two runners-up at the National Disability Services’ Disability at Work conference on August 21 in Sydney.

The award also provides an opportunity to recognise the dual focus of disability enterprises as viable businesses providing high quality employment to those with a disability.

Aside from their provision of employment and advancement opportunities, Aware is known for its food, safety and timber products; as well as its engineering, packaging and scanning services.

Aware turns recycled pallets into furniture, ranging from chairs and tables to bars and bar stools.

Chief executive Sharon Muggivan said she was pleased to be receive the gong.

“Considering we were in dire straits financially four years ago when I started here, to be recognised on a national level is a great achievement,” she said.

Ms Muggivan said Aware Industries had been providing opportunities for disadvantaged people for more than 30 years, a mission she remained passionate about.

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