On Monday 3 December, Bedford marked International Day of People with Disability by hosting award ceremonies across Australia to celebrate our wonderful workers.
From Mount Gambier to Melbourne and Port Lincoln to Pooraka, the ceremonies honoured 175 team members who have contributed at least 10 years of service.
Bedford’s Chief Executive Maggie Dowling said this was an important way of recognising all the hard work our team members have made to their local community.
“It’s really humbling to have so many enthusiastic team members. Presenting them with a certificate or token of appreciation is the least we can do, and yet some employees are too modest to accept it,” Maggie said.
Aside from their loyalty, our workers have at times had to learn new skills, become flexible and resilient as tasks and industries changed over the years.
"Yet they take it in their stride. They’re here because they love it and they know when they wake up every morning they've got a place to go where they feel like they're part of a big family and where they achieve the same work goals as anyone else in society," she said.
Here’s what some of the recipients and guests of honour had to say on the day: