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SEDA College grows community spirit at Workpower’s Noranda Nursery

Posted April 12, 2024 in Connecting with Community

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SEDA College staff recently embarked on their inaugural community initiative, joining forces with Workpower at their native plant nursery in Noranda.

This collaboration marked a significant step in fostering community connections, representing a major pillar in SEDA College’s strategic plan.

Workpower, renowned as Western Australia’s largest employer of people with disability, creates meaningful employment opportunities within its leading social enterprise businesses. Among their businesses is their native plant nursery, which has been a leading supplier of high quality greenstock in WA since 1993.

The SEDA team embraced this opportunity to assist Workpower in their nursery wholeheartedly, immersing themselves in the nursery’s daily operations with enthusiasm.

The day unfolded with SEDA staff actively participating in different facets of the nursery’s activities, including:

> Potting plants in the dispatch area with Sarah, who had a lovely time working with the SEDA staff who helped her out.

> Potting landscaping plants in the propagation shed with Eva and Da.

> Helping Luke with stock movements, who was very excited to be a team leader and to show his volunteers how to transfer stock from our undercover areas into full sun.

> Helping Ben separate germinated plants from tray cells with seed that didn’t germinate.

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Principal Rocky Collins expressed his pride in this initiative, aligning with SEDA College’s core value of ‘A Connected Community.’ He emphasized the importance of embedding a sense of community in all aspects of college life, extending from students to staff members.

The collaboration not only provided valuable support to Workpower but also offered SEDA staff a unique opportunity to engage with the community and contribute meaningfully. Carolyn Woodmansey, Nursery Manager at Workpower, thanked the SEDA team’s efforts, highlighting their assistance during a busy period.

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Reflecting on the day, Shane O’Connor, Chief Operating Officer at Workpower, said:

“We would like to thank the staff from SEDA who visited Workpower’s native plant nursery, rolled up their sleeves and literally got their hands dirty by helping our production team. Our guys absolutely loved the day, and we look forward to welcoming them back again!”

The success of this community initiative serves as a testament to the power of collaboration and the shared commitment to making a difference. As SEDA College continues to prioritize community connections and meaningful contributions, partnerships like these exemplify the need for community spirit.

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