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Daniel makes a difference

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A hard-working 19-year-old Mandurah man is helping Curtin University to reduce its environmental footprint.

Daniel Nunn, who has a developmental disability, has been working part-time at Curtin’s School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work for the past five months helping to ensure the paper waste of its 60 employees is sorted and recycled once a week.

Deputy Head of the School, Associate Professor Angus Buchanan said engaging someone with a disability has had many wonderful benefits.

“Daniel is making a real contribution by raising the profile about recycling on campus,” Associate Professor Buchanan said.

“He’s dedicated, takes great pride in his work, and has reduced paper waste at Curtin. He has also made a lot of friends and is an inspiring role model to us all.”

Daniel’s mum Joanne Nunn said he really enjoyed his work at Curtin University.

“This job gives Daniel a sense of belonging, the chance to increase his confidence, learn new skills, meet new people and make a genuine difference,” Ms Nunn said.

“This is one of four jobs that Daniel undertakes weekly and being employed helps him participate in community life in similar ways to his peers. 

“I want to thank Tom Sokolov, Daniel’s mentor, and everyone at Curtin who has made this possible, and to the many people in our lives who have ensured that Daniel can live the life of a typical 19-year-old.”

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Kristy Jones, Public Relations, Curtin University

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