Intelife Stories

The greatest reward is seeing our participants empowered with the confidence to explore their abilities and realise their full potential. We know they can do incredible things and it is a privilege to witness the positive impact on the lives of these courageous, determined individuals when they move towards finding employment and becoming more independent.

From enhancing work and life skills to increasing social participation, there’s nothing better than seeing those we support directly contributing to communities across Western Australia in meaningful and important ways.

Intelife Staff Award winners

Intelife  recently announced and celebrated the nominees, finalists and winners of our Charlie Rook and Safety Awards for 2020.

Charlie Rook Award

In memory of Intelife’s Inaugural Chairman and Life Member Charlie Rook who passed away 2013, the Board approved the creation of the annual Charlie Rook Award.

 Charlie Rook was instrumental in the establishment and evolution of Intelife during its formative years, and it was his passion and enthusiasm that heavily influenced the strong values and vision that Intelife holds at its heart to this day. This award aims to celebrate an Intelife employee who truly demonstrates the values of our organisation and embodies our vision in all that they do.

Congratulations to the following staff on being nominated and thank you for your commitment and passion for the work that you do at Intelife:

Nancy Hartnett, Kelly Gildare, Rowan Hindry, Cameron Bird, Daisy McGowan, Farah Hussein, Nimita Lal, Lesley Bailey, Alexandra Martin and Nicole Matteo.

The selection committee had a very difficult task in selecting the finalist and winner, and we are pleased to announce the following results:

Finalist – Alexandra Martin

Winner – Nicole Matteo

Nicole received multiple nominations that highlighted her passion, commitment and dedication to both staff and customers and the fact that she often goes above and beyond expectations. She is a great team player and promotes Intelife within the community in Busselton.


Safety Award

Intelife introduced a Safety Award to recognise staff members that go above and beyond to promote the safety culture at Intelife.  The annual Safety Award is presented by Zurich Insurance and the winner is chosen from the quarterly winners that were chosen each quarter.  The finalists for this year were:

James Higgins, Nicole Matteo, Jack McLoughlin, Carly Atkinson

We are pleased to announce that the winner of the Safety Award for 2020 is Jack McLoughlin.

Jack was selected for proactively supporting staff to understand safety procedures and to submit Take 5’s and Hazard Cards which has resulted in some positive safety initiatives.

Well done to both Nicole and Jack and all of the nominees and finalists, keep up the great work.



Josh’s Story

Josh joined Intelife in the Lifeskills department with a number of specific personal goals, including achieving full independence to catch the train to TAFE on his own. He is now proud to manage his own schedule, and is confident in reading timetables, using his smart rider and communicating with Transperth staff. Intelife are incredibly proud of the progress Josh has made and always enjoy his wonderful sense of humour.

Paris’ Story

Paris is good at crocheting, very good, so good in fact a delightful handcrafted doll she created took first place at the Perth Royal Show. Putting her incredible skills to great use, Paris now sells the original designs at a local arts and crafts store where she volunteers. An Intelife skills trainer has also helped our budding entrepreneur learn how to safely use social media, so Paris can post items for sale and take orders for her expanding business.

Sophie’s Story

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Sophie is passionate about helping others. A recent year 12 graduate and NDIS participant, through Discovery and our Customised Employment program this enthusiastic 18-year-old was given an opportunity to do work experience with Intelife. A mountain of positive feedback has now inspired Sophie to keep following her dream of exploring future studies in the disability sector and finding paid employment with Intelife.

Phillip’s Story

When Phillip joined Intelife in 2017 all he wanted was a chance to do something based around his interests, abilities and hobbies. Support from Intelife, his family and the wider community, has helped the NDIS participant create a microenterprise. Today, Phillip’s successful small business keeps him flat out with ongoing work cleaning buggies at Altone Golf Course, doing general house cleaning and gardening for residents within the community.