Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 - Canon
SYDNEY, 01 February 2012: Canon’s partnership with disability service provider New Horizons passed a new milestone in 2011, with more than a million Canon PIXMA ink kits packed at the not-for-profit’s North Ryde work centre.

New Horizons, a provider of equal work opportunities for people with mental health and intellectual disabilities has been working with Canon Australia for almost six years – running the packing division of Canon PIXMA ink kits.

“We’ve hit targets of around 700,000 before, but the one million mark is a major achievement,” said Judi Higgin, CEO of New Horizons.

“The partnership with Canon provides meaningful employment for more than 60 people with disability. It’s more than just a job opportunity – it means vocational training in a supported environment and in some cases the chance to gain employment in the open labour market,” said Judi.

“As a not-for-profit organisation, revenue is reinvested back into services for the community – our partnership with Canon allows us to create new programs and initiatives that support thousands of Australians each year,” said Judi.

David Klineberg, the General Manager of Corporate Strategy and Communications for Canon Australia believes outsourcing the packing of PIXMA ink kits to New Horizons makes perfect business sense.

“The cost may be lower to pack these kits offshore, but the value this partnership has for the Australian community is more than a dollars and cents conversation. The last six years of operations has been incredibly successful and we have been continuously impressed by their innovation, commitment and professionalism” said David.

“Our business practices at Canon are guided by the philosophy of kyosei – a way for all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, to live and work harmoniously together – our partnership with New Horizons is a great way for us put our philosophy into practice,” said David.

Each year, New Horizons hosts an awards ceremony to recognise their employees. Several of Canon’s executives, including Taz Nakamasu, Canon’s Managing Director attend the ceremony to personally thank every New Horizons employee for their contribution.

For more information about New Horizons Enterprises, visit www.newhorizons.net.au.

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New Horizons is one of Australia’s most trusted and respected community service providers, delivering over a million hours of support to thousands of Australians each year – all part of their goal to provide innovative services which support individuals, strengthen communities and enhance social and emotional wellbeing. For thirty years New Horizons has been assisting people to find and maintain accommodation, seek meaningful employment, manage day-to-day tasks, learn new skills, access services, establish networks and connect with the broader community. For more information, visit http://www.newhorizons.net.au/aboutus/

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