April 8, 2022, 2:49 p.m.
Supporting his employees with mental health and addiction is just business as usual for Brett Rodgers, owner of Kamo-based construction company Sunshine Homes.
Mr Rodgers won the inaugural Te Mana Oranga Trust Workplace Diversity and Inclusion Award at the Northland Business Excellence Awards for 2021. For Rodgers, however, his approach has always been to support his employees with their families and their well-being, perhaps not realising the positive impact this has on those of his employees who have struggled to get opportunities and acceptance before.
"I had to go through a journey of recovery, I was going through a few things and struggling. Yeah, he was there for me and helped me... he made sure had a job after I went through my journey of recovery" said Jarrod Ingu about his boss.
Working with the Northland District Health Board and its individual placement and support team, Sunshine Homes has offered four placements to job seekers, two of which have begun apprenticeships in addition to the work the business has been doing for many years with Probation Services.
Speaking candidly about his struggles, Eugene Glassco says "I have schizophrenia. I've got a job now, I'm grateful for that opportunity. Working for someone that accepts what I go through and that I have to tap out sometimes." highlights just why Rodgers and Sunshine Homes were deserving winners.
Watch the full story above to hear more about their moving stories and support from Sunshine Homes.