Cameo: CASA staff band together to help a colleague
CASA staff band together to help a colleague
On a cold night in Canberra in July 2008, CASA Airworthiness Inspector Trevor Robinson was hit by a car as he was travelling home from work. The accident resulted in life-threatening spinal injuries, and Trevor spent nearly two weeks on life support in intensive care. As his health stabilised, it became apparent that Trevor would be paraplegic.
Work colleagues, concerned for Trevor and his family, rallied to start a support network. The support came in all forms and was ably managed by CASA’s human resources department, the CASA Social Club and CASA management at all levels, through a small, dedicated organising team. This core group of organisers, which became known as ‘Team Trevor’, maintained focus by conducting raffles, organising a highly successful dinner dance and mid-winter masquerade ball, and distributing regular progress reports by email. By the end of June 2009, Team Trevor had raised more than $35,000 to support Trevor and his family.
Through the combined efforts of the network organisers and the ongoing support of all CASA staff, Trevor was able to commence a graduated return to work program, initially working from home, in June 2009.