24 November 2010

Chubby gets the gong as 2011 ACT Australian of the Year

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Chief Minister Stanhope has announced that Professor Ian Chubb AC, will be the ACT Australian of the Year for 2011:

“Professor Chubb has been providing outstanding service to tertiary education in Australia, and internationally, for over three decades” said Mr Stanhope

“Professor Chubb is credited with making the Australian National University one of the world’s top universities. As a result, the Territory is breeding talent and innovation, and gaining respect of the highest regard, at a local, national and international level.”

Mr Stanhope also announced the names of the winners of the other awards.

“I would also like to congratulate Ms Marie Coleman, the ACT Senior Australian of the Year; Mr David Bresnik, the ACT Young Australian of the Year Award; and Mr Alan Jessop, winner of the ACT Local Hero Award,” Mr Stanhope said.

“We are fortunate to have so many outstanding citizens in the ACT who have dedicated so much of their time to helping improve the lives of those around them.”

Congratulations to all.

Finalists who just missed out were:

Mr Andres Sayers AM, arts leader; Dr Kerry Arabena, Indigenous affairs spokesperson; Dr John Feehan OAM, entomologist and dung beetle specialist; Mr Robin Poke, rowing veteran and community volunteer;
Ms Gay Von Ess, Autism educator; and Ms Elizabeth Grant, community supporter; Mr Kim Nguyen, climate change activist; Mr Matthew Pitt, brain tumour survivor; and Ms Heidi Yates, solicitor and equity advocate; Ms Margaret Roberts, special needs swimming educator; Mr John Fillery OAM and Mrs Beryl Fillery OAM, devoted community volunteers; and Ms Pam Cording, Autism educator.

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And David Bresnik’s win as ACT Young Australian of the Year proves that excellence can come from Queanbeyan. This generous young man was born and bred in Queanbeyan and in recent years has made his abode in Canberra where he works both in paid employment and in his volunteering capacity which earned him this much deserved award.
He was up against a very fine, and also deserving group of people. It is nice to see young people putting so much into helping those who need it, and indeed giving up so much of their own time to do so. Here’s hoping he goes on to win the national recognition our young volunteers so richly deserve, and that it serves to encourage other young people to contribute to society in volunteering too.
It goes to show that there are many wonderful young people in our community, not just the Mully’s of the world.

The dung beetle specialist should be pissed off

The world needs more dung beetle specialist recognition

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