Finalist: Genevieve McLachlan - Attitude Entrepreneur Award (VIDEO)

Finalist: Genevieve McLachlan - Attitude Entrepreneur Award (VIDEO)

Ten years ago Genevieve McLachlan established her own business, supplying equipment and training to enhance the lives of disabled and older people.

The idea for the unique service came about when Genevieve became frustrated with being treated as a list of symptoms rather than a whole person with complex and changing needs.

She’s now been selected as one of three finalists for the Entrepreneur Award, which Westpac is proud to sponsor, at the 2016 Attitude Awards on November 29.

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The inspirational awards ceremony includes eight different categories showcasing and celebrating artists, sportsmen and women, people with intellectual disabilities, physical disabilities, and mental health issues - young and old.

The aim of the event is to shine a spotlight on the disability sector, and draw attention to the one in four New Zealanders who live with disability.

It also pays tribute to the employers who work alongside people with disabilities to ensure they are able to contribute their skills to society and live full and satisfying lives.

Legally blind, Genevieve also has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair - and a lot of the adaptive equipment to manage her successful business.

She was named in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours List as a Member of the NZ Order of Merit for Services to People with Disabilities. (MNZM).

She says it dispelled any doubts she may have had.

The other two finalists in the Entrepreneur Award category are Bryce Dineen and John Burton.

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