Joe Smith is a driven and positive young man who attends Windarring Disability Services in Castlemaine. He is involved with various projects and activities around Castlemaine and the greater North-Western Victorian region.
Joey is engaged in regular supported employment with Windarring Urban Mushrooms, which supplies locally grown mushrooms to cafes and supermarkets around Castlemaine, Kyneton, and Bendigo. Joe is key in the picking, weighing and packaging of mushrooms. He also assists with the creation of mulch which is then sold through another one of his job responsibilities: the Windarring Bric-a-brac shop. Joey works several days each week at the shop, including Saturday mornings. His roles include customer service, product stocking, sorting goods and getting in new stock. He can often be found helping out customers with a smile. One satisfied customer was so impressed with Joe’s service that she bought him a take-away coffee.
Joe is a keen drummer, a talented guitarist and singer. He drums for the Bendigo Scottish Marching Band taking on the role of lead drummer at the Castlemaine ANZAC commemoration ceremony. Joe performed on guitar and vocals at Open Mic nights at local venues in the past year. He is currently working on ‘Sultans of Swing’ by Dire Straits to perform at his next show! He also volunteers part-time at a local music store, ‘My Old Guitar’. He is very passionate about his music.
An extremely talented ten pin bowler, Joe has bowled for the Australian national team in the Paralympics. He often scores over 200 points and practices several times a week. He has also recently picked up playing pool as a hobby and can often be found competing on local pool tables.
Joey is a great success story of Windarring and a strong example of community integration. He is an enthusiastic contributor to the Castlemaine and surrounding areas. For such a young man he already has a long and impressive list of accomplishments.
Keep on keeping on Joey!