I rise today to acknowledge Studio ARTES, a wonderful organisation in my elaborate that encourages adults with disabilities to pursue the creative arts. Studio ARTES first opened its doors in Hornsby in 2000 and it’s become a cornerstone of the Berowra community. This unique organisation serves more than 250 people with a disability through its creative arts and life skills programs.
Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to receive an invitation to afternoon tea with the Studio ARTES independence program. Declan, Louise, Mark, Richard, Justin, Alan and Hannah put on an incredible spread, showcasing their culinary skills with a chocolate fondue and pina coladas. I want to thank Studio ARTES founder Wendy Escott for the absolutely generous invitation, and I extend my appreciation for her remarkable work and the work of the board, including Andrew Reeves, Simon Bryan, Dick Bryan and Doug Spencer.
Another disability organisation in our community is Inala, which was founded in 1958 by families to provide great accommodation and improve the lives of people with disability every day. I went to their fair recently, and I want to acknowledge their incoming CEO, Alexandra Davis, as well as Amanda Long, Bill Best, Ian Copp, Jeremy Gibb, Kimberley Holden, Judith Howard, Kim Nicholas, John Wilshire, Caroline Jones, Sam Holden and all the members of the Inala team, who’ve created an outstanding community.
I commend the great work of disability organisations in my electorate for what they do to bring out the best in people’s lives.