Meet Hayley, MC at the International Day of People with Disability Event

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One of Interchange’s awesome customers, Hayley was Master of Ceremonies and also presented at the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPwD) event at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre on the 1st December 2022.

Hayley is a Local Community Citizen of the Year Nominee and has been an prominent member of the Access & Inclusion group in the Mandurah community.

During the IDPwD event, Hayley also presented her journey in recreating ‘Easybeats”, a disco event which is run especially for people living with a disability.

Hayley (left) Interchange Support Worker Carmelisa (middle) and Interchange People & Culture Coach Laura (right)

Alongside her Interchange Support Worker, Carmelisa, Hayley contacted the City of Mandurah and the Brighton Hotel to gain support for running a trial of the Easybeats event, with a view to making the event an ongoing institution in Mandurah.

Hayley’s first trial event was sold out, with over 60 attendees. In fact the Brighton Hotel had to move the event to a larger space within the Hotel, and Hayley has since successfully held another two Easybeats events, which were extremely popular.

Mayor of Mandurah Rhys Williams and Interchange customer Ashleigh at the IDPwD event, Mandurah Performing Arts Centre

The Brighton Hotel have now agreed to hold the events regularly, with the next event being held in February 2023.

It’s amazing to see how Hayley, who lives with intellectual disability has remained determined that her condition will not stop her from being an active citizen.

Congratulations Hayley, from all of us at Interchange!