A record number of people and businesses have been nominated in this year’s Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards, which recognise the contributions made to welcome, encourage and support people with disability in our community.
This year 79 nominations were received across four categories for a range of people, businesses and organisations, including healthcare provider Aspen Medical, local theatre group REBUS and Marymead’s Urban Land Community Harvest (MULCH) program.
Minister for Disability Joy Burch said the awards, organised by the ACT Inclusion Council, get bigger every year.
“The Inclusion Awards highlight the big difference a small change can make for people with disability in our community,” Ms Burch said.
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“I’m particularly proud to see Boundless, our all-abilities playground that was opened in October, nominated for an award alongside so many other outstanding enterprises.
“The Inclusion Awards also recognise people with disability who are leaders in inclusion, and this year will incorporate the Disability Support Worker Awards, which recognise carers and support workers who make such an important contribution every day.
“These awards really do showcase the spirit of inclusion and it’s wonderful to see so many nominations this year. I am sure the judges have a tough job ahead of them.”
The Awards, now in its 11th year, will be presented at a gala event in Parliament House’s Great Hall on 11 December. Tickets are available until November 28 at www.actinclusion.com.au. A full list of nominees is available at http://actinclusion.com.au/portfolio/act-chief-ministers-inclusion-awards/past-winners-and-nominees/.
(Joy Burch Media Release)