The Endeavour Foundation Industries crew supporting employee Greg Stephens.
The Endeavour Foundation Industries crew supporting employee Greg Stephens. BRENDA STRONG

Worker celebrates 35 years

WHEN it comes to some top notch employees Greg Stephens would have to easily go down as one.

The Gladstone resident has amassed an impressive 35 years with Endeavour Foundation Industries, a milestone celebrated amongst his peers on Tuesday night.

Greg was one of eight people with a disability marking a service milestone in a special celebratory ceremony conducted at CQUniversity Gladstone Campus’ Leo Zussino Building.

Joining him were Barry Ibbotson and Racquel Nugent who were honoured for 25 years service; Kim Harvey and Nicole Corowa with 20 years; while Thomas Lamberton and Mark Trace were recognised for five years with the service.

Peter Hooper, who also attends Endeavour Learning and Lifestyle, celebrated 10 years, while staff members Patricia Timm was recognised for her 25 years of service and Karyn Clarke for 10 years.

Despite witnessing many changes over these 35 years, one thing firmly remains the same for Greg – he is as passionate about his work as the day he started.

Greg, a supported employee, first walked through the Endeavour doors as a fresh-faced 16-year-old in 1975, and his kind, friendly and helpful manner have marked him as popular and well-loved colleague.

First starting with Endeavour Foundation Industries Maryborough in 1975, Greg made the move north to Gladstone 20 years later.

Arriving in the Harbour City in 1995, Greg admits it was a move he has not once regretted.

The 52-year-old said he liked being with his friends, ten-pin bowling every Tuesday night (he has a top score of 211) and enjoyed helping people out, in particular assisting his neighbours.

Initially moving in with his brother and sister-in-law, Greg has since moved out and now lives by himself.

“I moved because I wanted something new, I like working with different people and I get along well with them,” Greg said.

“The best thing about my job is I get treated well and I’ve learnt to communicate better and help out my mates at work.”

A part-time employee with Endeavour Foundation Industries, Greg works four mornings a week performing a range of roles from painting survey pegs and filling saw dust bags to confidential document destruction.

However, when it comes to his favourite job Greg is quick to reply: “My favourite job is painting the survey pegs!”

Greg’s training and development officer Karyn Clarke said Greg was a confident team member who was always willing to help out.

“Greg has been with us for so long, he’s multi-skilled and his can-do attitude is greatly appreciated by his colleagues and staff,” Ms Clarke said.

“He is Mr Perfection and takes great pride in his work.”

Endeavour Foundation supports over 70 people with a disability in the Gladstone area with meaningful employment, training and development, lifestyle and community opportunities and accommodation.

Endeavour Foundation is Australia’s largest non-government provider of services for people with a disability.

The organisation provides support, accommodation, training and vocational opportunities for more than 3400 people with a disability across Queensland and in Sydney to help them lead an ordinary life.

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