Lucy Reggio, President and Founder, Special Needs Ability Program Providers (SNAPP)

Lucy Reggio 

Lucy Reggio, a resident of Bonnyrigg Heights, has been nominated for the 2013 Women of the West Award for her “endless energy, her passion and commitment to helping others.”

Lucy is the Community Development Project Officer for Mission Australia - Miller Pathways, (Communities for Children). The suburb of Miller is home to many disadvantaged families of diverse cultural backgrounds. In Lucy’s role as Community Development Officer with Mission Australia, it is her job to connect these families to important support services.

Lucy also works at Les Powell School as a Community Liaison Officer. Les Powell Special School caters for students with multiple disabilities, including physical, intellectual and autism. Her role is to link students and their families with community services, plus plan and deliver presentations on various topics. She also facilitates “My Time” support groups for parents with children with special needs or chronic illness in Miller and Mt Pritchard.

Working with people with disabilities is particularly close to Lucy’s heart, as her 15-year-old son Alex was one of only a handful of people in Australia to be diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Robinow Syndrome.

During Alex’s early years, Lucy and her husband Robert were told that Alex would never walk, attend a mainstream school or undertake “normal” activities. Lucy saw this as a challenge, which gave her more determination to ensure that all children with special needs are part of an inclusive community with the same opportunities and are not made to feel different.

This passion has led Lucy to dedicate her time to serving on a number of committees, and setting up a number of organisations. She is President and Founder of the Special Needs Ability Program Providers (SNAPP); Committee Member of Football for All; and Events Coordinator for Southern Districts Soccer Football Association.

In all of these positions, Lucy goes above and beyond what is required and will take whatever time is necessary to ensure that those in need are cared for.

She is also a member of various Committees, including Disability Representative on the Liverpool City Sports Committee Council to School Council and P&C.

Lucy has been nominated for the 2013 Women of the West Award by Mr Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, who says it is Lucy’s caring and giving nature that sets her aside from others:

“Lucy brings a community together, regardless of disadvantages and cultural diversity. She is a person with a non-judgemental attitude, with empathy for others. She has a passion to help put joy into the lives of all people, especially children with special needs, and their families.” 

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