163 Keilor Road
Essendon Vic 3040
This was the Committee of Management at a Strategic Planning meeting held at Sovereign Hill. The farmer on the left is Jim Byass. Jim was the longest committee member and filled many executive positions. Jim led the way on the committee and was very active in the purchase and planning of our building. He passed away in 2019 and will be sadly missed. Next to Jim is Carol, the current president, then Joe our Treasurer. Beside him is David Armstrong who sadly passed away too soon. David has left a lasting legacy in the work that he completed on the Constitution for the Committee of Management. The trooper on the right, Brian Paterson, is our General Manager, the gypsy is Ganga, our vice President and finally we have Jessica.
Western Vocational Association Inc. was created in 1986 by a group of dedicated parents seeking employment support for their children who have a disability.
In 1991, the member for Maribyrnong, MHR Alan Griffiths announced government funding for Western Vocational Association Inc. citing this organisation as the first of its kind in the Western Suburbs.
This funding ensured that professional staff could be engaged to provide training and find jobs for people with a disability.
Current members and staff continue to support the ideals of the original group to assist people with disabilities to contribute to their communities via employment.
Trading as Jobs west, the organization went from strength to strength and we are now adding a new venture – Community Pathways.
This arm of Western Vocational Association Inc. will provide training in Life Skills and Transition to work, as well as leisure facilities.
Since our beginning in 1986, Western Vocational Association, trading as Jobs West, has assisted over 2000 job seekers into the workforce.
The committee of Management, along with the staff, have steered the service through a range of challenges over the last two decades.
Our clients have secured employment across a wide range of industries, including: Retail & Wholesale, Horticulture, Hospitality, Tourism, Building, Engineering, Manufacturing & Processing, Administration and Information Technology.
We now hope to continue that success in our new venture Community Pathways and we have created a new purpose-built facility to aid us in this endeavour.
Who are we?
We are a group of diverse people who have one thing in common and that is to assist people with a disability.
We adhere to the 6 Disability Standards and the Disability Standards for Education
What do we do?
We meet monthly (except December and January) as a Committee of Management.
We are the governing body of Community Pathways and apart from the normal duties of a committee, we have fun.
While we take what we do very seriously and are completely committed to our vision, we believe that friendliness, collaboration and a sense of humour helps us make a difference.