Naz Erdem, Emerging Leader at the Victorian Disability Awards
Spire Team Leader, Naz Erdem was recently awarded the Emerging Leader Award at the 2018 Victorian Disability Awards. The awards took place at ZINC Federation Square on Thursday the 16th of August. The Victorian Disability Awards celebrates individuals, teams, businesses and organisations that make outstanding contributions to empowering people with a disability and creating an inclusive and supportive community.
Naz joined AQA in 1997, a few years after being introduced to the organisations services via the support he himself received after sustaining a spinal cord injury (SCI) from diving into shallow water. Since that time Naz has supported countless numbers of people with SCI, their family, friends and the SCI community through contributing to and eventually leading AQA’s Peer-Support, Information and Referral Services.
Naz saw being nominated in the Emerging Leader category as a huge achievement and so being awarded the winner surprised him even more! The contributions Naz has made in supporting and encouraging people with a SCI to develop positive expectations of life, to pursue goals and to persist when challenged, is highly significant.
The Victorian Disability Awards is run by the Department of Health and Human Services and National Disability Service to recognise and honour the achievements and contributions of individuals, teams and organisations that provide support, leadership, advocacy, service and education to improve the lives of people with disability living in Victoria.
We would also like to extend our congratulations to all of the 2018 Victorian Disability Award recipients. To find out more or to read about other category winners and nominees, visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.