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The 2021 Business disABILITY Awards

22nd September 2021

Congratulations to all the winners at The 2021 Business disABILITY Awards - Toowoomba & Darling Downs.

Boasting ten categories and a record number of entries judges had the difficult task of sifting through some seriously outstanding applications! 

HELP was proud to sponsor this amazing event and celebrate the success of our clients Max, who won the Elissa Flanagan ‘Aim High’ Scholarship, and Taryn Hunter who received a highly commended for the Innovation and Access Award.


Year 12 student Max has faced a number of challenges managing his Cerebral Palsy and Epilepsy over the past few years, but with the help of our Toowoomba team he is now completing a school-based traineeship (Certificate III in Business) at Angie's Domestic Duties. After only a matter of months on the job Max has already mastered the invoicing and accounting systems for the office and is a much-loved part of the team. 

Pictured: The team from Angie's Domestic Duties, award winner Max, and HELP representatives Vinita and Paul. 

Owner of Pure Hair salon Taryn Hunter was also recognised for her outstanding achievement in adopting inclusive practices in the workplace. Taryn recently partnered with HELP to provide a full-time hairdressing apprenticeship to local jobseeker Hannah who is hearing impaired. Since Hannah started her apprenticeship Taryn and her team have implemented various forms of inclusive technology, and have also engaged an Auslan interpreter to assist with Hannah’s training. Salon Manager Melissa reported that Hannah has already gained an adoring clientele, and is foiling at a senior level! 

Pictured: Hannah, Taryn, the team from Pure Hair, and HELP representatives Vinita. 


Seeing the positive impact of diversity in the workplace firsthand we know that inclusion is the key to a strong and vibrant community.

Deb Robinson (representative for the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce) shared this sentiment in a recent article for The Chronicle, “I have always said a healthy community means a healthy business community; of which inclusivity plays a genuine role”. 

HELP is committed to supporting businesses and individuals across Toowoomba and the Darling Downs who embrace, educate and employ people with a disability. Thanks to events such as this we can continue to raise awareness and create employment opportunities for employers and people with disability across the region.


Of course, this event wouldn’t be possible without the tireless efforts of co-founders Kim Stokes, Paul Wilson and David Wallis. 

We look forward to working together to make the 2022 disABILITY awards even bigger and better next year. Stay tuned for more exciting updates just around the corner!

If you’d like to create a more inclusive business click here to register a vacancy or call 1800 VACANCY to speak to our team.