CEO Chris Worboys has been voted in the top 25 people who are influencing the Coffs Coast. In a surprise article in the Coffs Coast Advocate, Chris has been credited for his setting up of Key Employment back in 1991 and the running of it through to the current day. The entire article is below:
Many desire it, only a select few command it and measuring it is a precarious task.
The Coffs Coast Advocate is doing exactly that, naming the men and women who in 2018 are influencing the future of Coffs Harbour.
It is, of course, highly subjective and will be debated in households from Bonville to Sawtell, Park Beach to West Coffs and right through to Woolgoolga.
Chins will wag, glass jaws will shatter and the only certainty is that no one will agree.
This online series will provide a unique snapshot of the way power is wielded in our great area.
And it comes in all sectors, business, politics, the arts, sport and health.
The one thing everyone on the list invariably share is a passion for our city and a drive to effect change in Coffs Harbour.
Indeed many are on the list on the strength of the work they have done to better the community and the wider Coffs Coast.
Much of this work is done without expectation of kudos or a “return on investment”.
It’s about civic pride and the desire to give back.
Since Chris Worboys set up Key Employment in 1991, he has been a leading light in providing employment opportunities for members of the community living with a disability.
Through Key Employment, Chris works to ensure clients get the same wages and employment conditions as workers without disability.
Key Employment is also committed to giving back to the Mid North Coast community.
Since 2013 Key has spent over $200,000 supporting local cultural and sporting events and Indigenous and Refugee groups, and supported over 400 disengaged and at-risk young people through the Key Youth Services programs.
Key Employment is proudly associated with various community-based organisations including Camp Quality, Clarence Valley Business Excellence Awards, Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce, Community Care Options, Curryfest, Head Space, Helping the Hungry – Woolgoolga, North Coast Special Olympics, Relay For Life, Sawtell Surf Club, and Warrina Women’s & Children’s Refuge.
In 2016, Chris and his work was recognised when Key Employment was named in the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame for Community Services.
“I found the course to be interesting and have learnt a lot about animals. It has pointed me in the direction of my future which is looking brighter. I met new friends and highly enjoyed the trips we went on. I also loved the teacher; she is beautiful.”
“I think they are doing a great job. They are providing for my needs and they are there to help us. It’s nice to have some support without feeling afraid; they are very reassuring. I feel looked after and respected, and they allow support, but don’t take away your dignity.”
“Key Employment has helped me out a lot. I’m not as shy now and Key has helped me get a job and I’m more confident.”
“This course (Training & Assessment) would be extremely difficult and complex to teach, and i thought Gerry’s manner and delivery was very helpful in such a challenging course.”
“Before becoming a client of Key Employment I had tried to get a job part time. My friends were all getting jobs, but I wasn’t able to get one. I also found trying to apply for jobs on the internet hard because I am dyslexic. Thanks to Key Employment I am now employed as a kitchen hand.”