Multicap warmly remembers Mrs Ethel Scott for her role in founding Multicap 61 years ago, when together with her late husband Norm Scott, wanted a fulfilled life with possibilities and opportunities for their son, Robert.
Mrs Ethel Scott passed away on 18 May 2023 with her loving family beside her in Brisbane.
Multicap Group CEO, Joanne Jessop said that on behalf of the Board of Directors and staff, I acknowledge the passing of Ethel Scott with great sadness and pay tribute to her contribution to our organisation.
“The Scott family have had a resounding presence throughout Multicap for more than 60 years and have created an enduring legacy that will continue to benefit families for generations to come,” said Joanne.
“The Scott’s son, Robert, remains a valued customer of Multicap to this day and it is because of this family’s devotion to helping others, Multicap continues supporting families throughout Queensland, northern New South Wales and Victoria areas in all ways and always,” she said.
One of five families responsible for the creation of what is now known as Multicap, the Scott’s worked tirelessly as part of a small and committed group of people to create Queensland’s first service for children with multiple disabilities.
Driven by a horror of the options available to their much-loved children, Ethel and Norm connected with other families in the same situation and after several long and often frustrating years, the foundation of Multicap was established.
The founding families continued to fundraise hard and in 1973 they purchased the land at Eight Mile Plains where they continued to run play-based activities and educational programs for their children with multiple disabilities.
A loving family, the Scott’s embarked on this journey with a modest goal of providing a place for their son to be schooled after being turned away from other schools due to his multiple disabilities. They were unaware of the significant part they would play in creating the leading disability support provider Multicap has become today.
Ethel and Norm were firm believers in making sure Robert was given every opportunity to learn and interact with people. They wanted more for their son than a life with no potential. Their dream came true, as Robert completed school, participates in programs and activities that have helped him develop skills and he now continues to live comfortably in Multicap’s supported independent living home.