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A string of disabled workers have been honoured by the Rotary Club of Wagga.

The Rotary Shine Awards night boasted its largest ever attendance and field of winners at the Wagga council chambers on Tuesday night.

Among the winners was CNL Catering employee Tiarne Anastasi, who was also named Shine Employee Ambassador.

Ms Anastasi, who suffers from autism, said she lacked the motivation to find work before a catering job turned her life around.

“This job changed everything, now I’m more confident and comfortable around people.”

Ms Anastasi started at CNL Catering through a work experience program, before excelling in her role and earning a full-time position.

Head chef Mick Watson said Ms Anastasi had made outstanding progress. 

“Early on, Tiarne refused to answer the phone or look people in the eye,” he said.

“Now we could have 600 people at the club on a Saturday night and she would handle it brilliantly.

“People with disabilities need to realise they can do it.”

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