Aruma shares their expertise and learnings in new international partnership

We welcomed Canada’s largest disability service provider, Christian Horizons, for a two-day event.

March 21, 2023

Aruma recently welcomed representatives from the largest disability service provider in Canada, Christian Horizons, to Australian shores as part of a new partnership opportunity.  

Hosting the two-day event, Aruma showcased its human rights focused approach to disability services to an international audience in the hopes that people everywhere will live the life they choose.  

“I think this is a great opportunity to test what we do on an international scale. Engaging with other forward-thinking organisations across the globe ensures that we can observe how others achieve best practice,” said Ashley Creighton, General Manager Safeguarding and Practice Excellence.  

The Canadian province of Ontario is currently investigating a shift in how people with disabilities are supported to live great lives of inclusion and belonging. Aruma shared their experiences about transitioning to the NDIS, and how they navigated the many changes and challenges. 

“I think they thought of us firstly for our size and scale and secondly for how well we have handled change and rapid growth. We also have great systems and structures in place, particularly for incident management,” continued Ashley.  

As one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit disability service providers that supports 5,500 adults and children with a disability, Aruma had a lot to share. Over the two-day event, Aruma’s Executive Leadership team hosted several workshops for Christian Horizons. Many of these focused on transformation, the NDIS, workforce enablers and barriers, quality safeguarding and practice, and customer voice. 

Christian Horizons is a faith-based organization, providing services and support to thousands of people with developmental disabilities in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  

“Christian Horizons very much valued our time spent learning alongside the incredible leaders from Aruma during our recent visit. Although our focus was primarily to gain a deeper understanding of funding models and how people are supported to have greater choice and control in their lives, our learning over the two days exceeded our expectations. It’s clear that Aruma is very much committed to their organisational purpose of supporting people to live a great life, the life they want, the life they choose,” said Eugene Versteeg, Senior Vice President. 

Aruma looks forward to this international relationship opening further opportunities for sharing information, research, and practice to improve the lives of all people with a disability. 

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