The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards have attracted record numbers of submissions this year. Tomorrow night the awards will be handed out to people and organisations that have worked to create better and more inclusive environments for people living with disability.
Congratulations to the winners.
Here’s the list.
“We received a record 63 nominations this year in the nine categories across business, government and in education and training, sports, the arts, tourism and hospitality,” BLITS Chair Graham Hambleton said.
“I think that reflects a community that is more mindful of people with disability and Canberra is to be applauded for that awareness and commitment to inclusion.”
The Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Excellence went to the ACT Council of Parent and Citizens Associations for initiatives that show great innovation in disability awareness and inclusion, with PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC Canberra taking out the Inclusion in Employment & Business Award and the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House MoAD winning the Inclusion in Government Award.
The awards included two new categories in the Centenary Year: Wheel Out in the Capital basketball competition won the Most Inclusive Centenary Event and Huy Nguyen of Enable’ Development won the Emerging Young Leader Award.’
“The Inclusion Awards show that it is possible for any area of the community to become engaged in accessibility,” Mr Hambleton said. “And they don’t just do it for the accolades, but because they gain the community’s respect and that means the word spreads that you are a good organisation to do business with.”
A record number of people with disability will attend the Awards’ Gala Ceremony in The Great Hall, Parliament House, enjoying outstanding entertainment led by comedian and MC, Stella Young, singer Shawne Kirke and guest speaker Paul Nunnari.
The judges also awarded commendations to:
• Ruth Faragher Emerging Young Leader Award
• Ms Desley Rocks Margaret Spalding Award , and to the
• Nican Project Team for their Smartphone App Inclusion in Tourism& Hospitality Award.
Inclusion in Employment & Business
YWCA of Canberra
Indigenous Community Volunteers
Scooters Australia Canberra/Guardian Mobility
Six Seeds Program
National Mailing & Marketing
Kippax Veterinary Hospital
Volunteering ACT Inc
Uniting Care Kippax
Communities@work Greenway Child Care and Education Centre
The winner of Inclusion in Employment & Business:
PricewaterhouseCoopers PwC Canberra is demonstrating good corporate leadership by creating employment opportunities for people with disability. PwC Canberra has strategically transformed their business from a conventional office space to an Activity Based Working model. This has created an environment that includes and encourages people with disability to work there and enabled all staff to work to their full potential.
Inclusion in Government
ACT Ambulance Service d David Foot and Jim Tierney
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House
ACT Housing & Community Services
Capital Community Housing
ACT Health Directorate d Kelly Lancsar
The winner of Inclusion in Government:
Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House MoAD brings Australian democracy to life through a range of innovative exhibitions, tours and public programs.
Despite the limitations of its location in a heritage building, the Museum proactively solves barriers impeding access and has also implemented a comprehensive range of inclusion practices. These include establishing a Disability Reference Group to provide guidance and advice on current thinking, ideas, approaches and technologies that improve access and participation for people with disability.
Inclusion in Sports
Sporting Shooters Pistol Club
Majura Football Club
Mr Stephen Fagg
Deaf Advocacy, Sport & Recreation ACT
The winner of Inclusion in Sports:
Deaf Advocacy, Sport & Recreation ACT was founded in 2011 for the purpose of providing sport and recreation opportunities for Deaf and hard of hearing residents in the ACT and its surrounds. Deaf Advocacy, Sport & Recreation ACT raise awareness of the issues of the Deaf and hearing impaired and have demonstrated great innovation and great drive in the huge range of events and activities they organise.
Inclusion in the Arts
Belconnen Community Service
Dream Team d Legs Dance Studio
Belconnen Arts Centre
The winner of Inclusion in the Arts:
Belconnen Arts Centre actively engages people with the arts across all sectors of the community. The Arts Centre provides arts activities and exhibitions that are accessible and engaging for participants and artists of all abilities. The Arts Centre continues to develop and deliver diverse and innovative programs that engage and inspire people with disability. In 2013 these included programs such as “Dance’for’People’with’Parkinson’s”’“Self
Inclusion in Tourism & Hospitality
Canberra Labor Club Group
Branch Out Cafe
Nican Project team d Smartphone App
The winner of Inclusion in Tourism & Hospitality:
Branch Out Cafe is a Carers ACT program that has provided exceptional service and improved outcomes for young adult school leavers with disability. Branch Out Café provides the opportunity for trainees to gain confidence and learn new skills with a view to gaining job ready certificates and hospitality competencies to transition to open and supported employment in the hospitality industry.
Commendation awarded for Inclusion in Tourism & Hospitality:
Nican Project Team – Smartphone App
The Nican project to develop a geospatial Smartphone App has delivered well beyond its initial scope. The Nican App was the first of its kind in Australia and is one of the few Apps across the world which links information about access, services, supports, travel and accommodation within the one App.
Inclusion in Education & Training
Canberra College d Futures Program
Brindabella Christian College d Leia Mackenzie
YWCA of Canberra
Branch Out Cafe
ACT Council of Parent & Citizens Associations
St Mary MacKillop College d Michael Lee
St Mary MacKillop College d Lenore Moore
Disability Services Centre of the ANU
Canberra Makedup Academy Training Group
The winner of Inclusion in Education & Training:
The ACT Council of Parent & Citizens Associations
The core business of the ACT Council of Parent & Citizens Associations is to provide a voice for all parents in ACT Government schools so that the education of their children can be improved. The ACT Council of Parent & Citizens Associations has proactively developed a range of initiatives that show great innovation and provide disability awareness and inclusion in a variety of ways. Including designing and publishing the“Who' Can' Help?” disability resource booklet.
Margaret Spalding Award for Outstanding Inclusion by an Individual
Ms Bernadette Carbin dYWCA of Canberra
Mrs Desley Rocks d Deafness Resource Centre Hearing Aiders Program
Mr Steve Bittinger d Autism Asperger ACT
Mr Patrick White – Six Seeds Program
Mr Ian Trewhella – mentor for people with disability
Mrs Terry Millar d ACT Muscular Dystrophy Association
Mr Peter Downs d The Inclusion Club
Mr Cade Brown – PricewaterhouseCoopers Canberra
Mr Jens Light d Majura Football Club
The winner of the Margaret Spalding Award:
Mr Ian Trewhella
Ian’s extensive involvement and contribution to both the mainstream and disability sectors in the ACT stretches over 40 years which equates to a lifetime commitment to improving the lives of people with disability. Ian has been actively involved in a wide variety of activities including advisory groups, committees and reference groups in a range of areas such as transport, mobility equipment, health, sport and employment for people with disability.
Commendation awarded for the Margaret Spalding Award:
Ms Desley Rocks
Desley has made an enormous contribution as the Coordinator of the Deafness Resource Centre Hearing Aiders Program, servicing over 280 hearing impaired residents each month and training onsite nursing staff in hearing aid maintenance. Desley’s dedicated commitment is way above her job description. In 3 short years Desley has built the program from zero participation to include all but three aged care facilities in Canberra and Queanbeyan.
Most Inclusive Centenary Event
YMCA Senior Sports Carnival
2013 Access Class AsiadPacific and Australian Championships
Wheelout in the Capital
The winner of the Most Inclusive Centenary Event:
Wheelout in the Capital is a basketball competition, which featured in the Centenary of Canberra's official SPIN' Weekend' on' Wheels program. Wheelout in the Capital demonstrated excellence in the planning and delivery of an inclusive and highly accessible event which aimed to break down barriers surrounding disability in Australia and in TimordLeste. The event was designed specifically to include people of all abilities and subsequently attracted people who had little contact with the disability sector and more than three quarters of the participants indicated it was their first time participating in wheelchair basketball.
Emerging Young Leader Award
Miss Ruth Faragher
Mr Ehren Keys
Mr Huy Nguyen
The winner of the Emerging Young Leader Award:
Mr Huy Nguyen has an extensive range of experience and involvement with issues relating to people with disability. This covers a wide range of participation in and the development of initiatives, including the first official wheelchair basketball program in the Solomon Islands; the founder of a social enterprise called Enable'Development; and leading a highly motivated group of development organisations toward an inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene practice in Timor Leste.
Commendation awarded for the Emerging Young Leader Award:
Ruth Faragher. Ruth is involved in a number of mainstream activities which directly raise disability awareness and improve outcomes for people with disability. Ruth has completed the Confident Speakers training which has enabled her to become a guest speaker at mainstream events, including representing Australia at the 2012 World Down Syndrome Congress in South Africa.
Chief Minister’s Award for Excellence
The ACT Council of Parent & Citizens Associations has proactively developed a range of initiatives that show great innovation and provide disability awareness and inclusion through activities within the school and in the wider community. The variety and range of the initiatives developed and implemented by the Council of Parent & Citizens Associations greatly improve the education experience of not only students with disability, but all students.