Testimonials: Commendations


Areas of past work:

Australian Association of Manutention Practitioners

Disability Services Commision

Rocky Bay

Multiple Sclerosis Society

Cancer Council WA Hospice


Baptistcare - Aged Care

Sir Charles Gardiner Hospital

Nickol Bay Hospital

Carnarvon Hospital

Port Hedland Hospital

Karlarra House - Aged Care

Pilbara Kimberley Community Care

Family Support Centres

Hedland Community
Living Association

University Of Western Australia

Murdoch University

Care Options Inc.

Swan Park Swim School

Newdegate Pool


Albany Lions Community Care Centre

City of Melville

Castlereagh Ed Support School

Kensington Ed Support School



The comments below are extracts from written documents giving commendations to Janet for her services in training and coaching.

AUSTSWIM - National: At the 2008 AUSTSWIM National Aquatic Education Conference (held in Adelaide SA), National Award for AUSTSWIM 'Teacher of People with a Disability. The wording in the Sept. 08, AUSTSWIM Magazine read: "AUSTSWIM Teacher of People with a Disability - Janet Boer-Draffin - WA. Drawing on her vast experience as a swimming teacher, Janet pioneered the People with Disabilities Course for AUSTSWIM in Western Australia. Janet wrote, promoted and has presented the AUSTSWIM PWD Course and along with her own short course workshops, she has essentially been a one-stop shop for swimming teacher training in the area of PWD"

Albany Lions Community Care Centre - Bree Forsyth:
There has been plenty of positive discussion relating to our proposed swimming group, since the training, and our staff continue to comment on how fantastic the course was, particularly in the way it was presented

AUSTSWIM - Fiona McMahon :
"All Executive members are very pleased with all of the feedback received so far from both new and inexperienced swimming teachers. The Executive have asked me to pass on their thanks and congratulations.... Well done and thanks again for your efforts in the development and ongoing presentation of this new course. "

University Of Western Australia - Mark Jones BE, MBA (Advanced), LLM W.Aust :
"I enjoyed your presentation this afternoon at the university." .... " These guys provided a workshop for the MBA students and graduates and were very good."

University Of Western Australia - Dr. Cosimo Faiello
"Thank you for your for your presentation of last Friday. It was a great afternoon and I enjoyed the presentation very much."

Murdoch Univerity - Julia Formato :
Thanks to both you and Janet for your enthusiam and effort in working so hard on what I'm sure is a beneficial experience for our students.

Hedland Community Living Association : Joan Foley :
"I write on behalf of the disabled people in the town of Port Hedland to say a huge thank you.
Everyone who has been associated with your visit has overwhelming praise for the work that you do; some of the comments made are:
* That you speak in a very inclusive manner so that no one is left out by jargon type of talk.
* That you have real long term experience with children with all different levels of ability and have used    this understanding of how the children feel in the water.
*That you offer real workable solutions for problems that had seemed insurmountable; such as the  care of epeileptic kids in the water.

"All those who were at the meeting we had on Monday 27th said they found it to be the best, most informative workshop they had attended. This opinion was also that of the school aides that attended. [Using] the techniques that you taught my own 11 year old, enabled her to be one of only three children in her swimming group to pass her stage 3 certificate last week.... Well done Janet and keep up the great work, We look forward to your return."

Care Options Inc. : Lin Butler
"Thank you on behalf of Care Options Inc. for the great workshop. The feedback from the staff who attended has been incredible. We now have more staff who are extremely interested in doing the course... I will be in touch next year... Again Thank you."

Swan Park Swim School : Marri Uusimaki
"The course was fantastic!! It was insightful, challenging and to say the least, thought provoking. Full credit must go to Janet for putting the course together."

Newdegate Pool : Jan Roberts
"Thank you for the great workshop in Newdegate last Thursday. It was fantastic to get some direction and help at last and know what to do.... Thank you for one of the most beneficial workshops I have ever attended."

Toastmasters : Peter Ireland
"Thank you for the wonderful job you did in chairing the District 73 Evaluation Speech Contest at the Fremantle Convention, 2003. You made the contest enjoyable and memorable for contestants and audience alike. Doing Theatre SPorts as a filler was a great idea. Great job Janet."

City of Melville : Kate Burton
"Thanks Janet - I know that these courses have made a big difference. The training course has been a valuable part of this project which we envisage continuing.

Flowerswest : Philip Watkins and Leo Foster
"Janet Boer-Draffin provided support to our week long Fashion Parade. Her being compere of the parades gave it it that 'touch of class'. Her professionalism and commitment to the twice daily parade held at Perry Lakes is commendable. Janet's contribution is much appreciated by the Council and members of Flowerswest."

Garden Proud : Colleen Mailey
"Congratulations and thank you to Janet Boer-Draffinfor an outstanding contribution to The Perth Flower and Garden Show 2003."

Castlereagh : Roger Smales
"Thankyou for running the course on Manutention for our staff. Feedback has been very positive, with everyone enjoying the training and practice. There has been a significant reduction in injuries among our staff as a result of your course."