Jonathon, has a vision to make Lake Mac inclusive for all
Inspired by his upbringing, supporting his parents who both have disabilities, Jonathan has dedicated his career to helping others to live a more inclusive life.
His Cardiff-based organisation Empowered Community Services, provides inclusive spaces for more than 270 clients living with a disability to contribute meaningfully to society, build friendships and learn life skills. He and his team make a difference every day by ensuring all members of the Lake Mac community reach their full potential.
“One of the most rewarding stories was when I received a phone call from a client’s sister, thanking us for taking her brother on his first holiday in over 30 years, it meant so much to him and his family.”
Jonathon who’s also fluent in Auslan, goes above and beyond by being on call 24/7 to his clients, providing support during stressful periods and understanding first-hand how a high level of care can make a big difference.
And his hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. In 2020 he was honoured to win the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Hunter Business Chamber. And more recently he was announced as Outstanding Young Business Leader at the 2021 Lake Macquarie Business Excellence Awards. “I’m so glad our organisation is based in Lake Mac – the people are warm, friendly and helpful - and it’s a city that is unlocking its full potential.”
For protecting our waterways and native bushland
For your dedication to our community on and off the sand
For mentoring our community through street art