Bassendean: Technology Assisting Disability WA chief retiring


John Smith (Electronics Technician) and TADWA chief executive Bob Whitaker. Picture: David Baylis
John Smith (Electronics Technician) and TADWA chief executive Bob Whitaker. Picture: David Baylis

TECHNOLOGY Assisting Disability WA (TADWA) Bassendean’s chief executive Bob Whitaker, who is retiring after 15 years, will miss improving people with disabilities’ lives.

Mr Whitaker joined the disability and aged care organisation in 2002 when the then-Eden Hill based organisation provided services to about 80 people.

Mr Whitaker decided to retire from his position to spend more time with his family.

“I am confident I’m leaving the organisation in a good place and with a bright future,” he said.

“(I will miss) the everyday challenges of the job and the high level of job satisfaction knowing that TADWA has provided home modifications, ramps, rails, aids and equipment to improve the quality of peoples’ lives.

“Particularly providing children with specially modified bikes and seeing the joy on their faces and hearing the shrieks of delight when they experience riding a bike for the very first time.”

Mr Whitaker said securing land from the Town of Bassendean and funds from Lotterywest and WA Health Department to construct its current building on Collier Road in 2008 was a highlight.

“Over the period 2002 to 2007, we were urgently seeking land and funds to construct our own building,” he said.

“We only had limited tenure on the run down premises where we were located in Eden Hill and at any time could have been given one month’s notice to vacate the building.”

He said he would initially travel and catch up with family in the United Kingdom during his retirement.

“I look forward to spending quality times with family in Perth and visiting family in Cairns and Melbourne,” he said.

“(I will be) researching my wife’s and my family tree, possibly putting together a concise autobiography and some volunteer work.”

A new chief executive will be announced in May 2017.

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