Waratah Independent Living has been established by its three Directors in New South Wales’ Blackheath; bringing together their knowledge and experience of the disability sector to provide a quality service to their participants.

Dolma Sherpa, one of Waratah Independent Living’s Directors, has lived much of her life in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and led expeditions in the Himalayas before moving into tourism accommodation, managing accommodation on the Isle of Man then in the Blue Mountains where she has operated an accommodation and restaurant business for six years. Ms Sherpa has also worked within the aged care sector by providing aged care services across a twelve year period.

Theo Vergos, also a Director of Waratah Independent Living, trained for four years under Maxine Griffiths, the CEO of Mental Health Tasmania and former CEO of Lifeline Tasmania who was awarded the Order of Australia for services to disability and human rights. Mr Vergos Cert 3 Disability care, has worked for the past ten months with the Blue Mountains Disability Service helping high needs participants progress from institutional care onto NDIS supports.

Ning Best, Waratah Independent Living Director, is currently the principal of NH Business & Taxation — an accounting practice and business consulting firm. Ms Best has spent the last ten years working in public practice and corporations. Ms Best is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia, a fellow member with The Institute of Public Accountants, and has a Master Degree of Taxation and Financial Planning.

The Directors strongly believe as a team, Waratah Independent Living, have the necessary skill set to become a benchmark in application of assistive services to people living with a disability. Working with people living with a disability allows us to be of benefit to the community, contribute in the improvement of people’s life, and provide relief to the family members of people living with a disability.

Waratah Independent Living also aims to demonstrate the embodiment of person centre practice, empowerment, human rights and anti discrimination rather than the catch phrases they have become.

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