The ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards
The ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards acknowledge the outstanding achievements of businesses, organisations and individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to enable, welcome and support people with disability in their community, business and workplace.
The 2013 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards were presented at a gala dinner on Wednesday 11 December 2013
Congratulations to all the award recipients.
A full list of the 2013 winners and Judges comments is available on the Inclusion Awards website
View all the 2013 Inclusion Awards photos
View the 2013 Inclusion Awards vox pop
2013 National Disability Awards - Congratulations to the 2 Canberra Award recipients
Congratulations to Ms Ann Procter who was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Disability and to Mr Huy Nguyen the Emerging Leader recipient.
Ann Procter has over 40 years of personal and professional experience in advocacy, training and service delivery for people with disability. And Huy Nguyen has pioneered many developments to improve the lives of people with disability.
ACT Australian of the Year Award recipients announced
Katy Gallagher, ACT Chief Minister has congratulated the 2014 ACT Australian of the Year Award recipients at a special awards ceremony at the National Arboretum on 4 November.
The winners are:
- ACT Australian of the Year 2014 - Associate Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes
- ACT Senior Australian of the Year 2014 - Graham Walker
- ACT Young Australian of the Year 2014 - Huy Nguyen
- ACT Local Hero 2014 - Patricia Mowbray OAM
The ACT award recipients will join recipients from the other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards to be announced on 25 January 2014 in Canberra.
Congratulations to Huy Nguyen on being awarded ACT Young Australian of the Year 2014
A humanitarian engineer, advocate for people with disability, entrepreneur, traveller and portrait artist, Huy Nguyen was born in Vietnam and contracted polio when he was 18 months old. Since then he’s used a wheelchair to get around.
His own physical challenges have given him a unique perspective when approaching real world engineering problems, and he lectures engineering students on the importance of inclusive design.
Huy is passionate about international development work, has facilitated disability programs in the Solomon Islands and Timor Leste, and is the founder of a social enterprise called Enable Development, which brings together passionate professionals to tackle the challenges of disability in our global community.
Huy understands that physical environments can exclude people, and he is determined to play his part in breaking down the barriers to a more inclusive society.
BLITS Champion: Canberra celebrates the work and legacy of Chris Peters
Dr Christopher Peters AM IO JP, 2012 Canberra Citizen of the Year, passed away on Saturday 23 February 2013 after battling complications associated with pancreatic cancer.
ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher described Dr Peters as a kind and generous giver who worked quietly behind the scenes to make Canberra a better place.
Chris Peters was perhaps best known as a tireless advocate for the Canberra business community, having represented their interests as Chief Executive Office of The ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry since 1997. But his passion and capacity to give didn't end there. He was an active member of more than 20 mostly government boards - among them the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies.
He was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2004, awarded the 'Royal Order of Isabella the Catholic' by the King of Spain in 2008 and held an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Canberra.
Among many other things, Mr Peters founded the Indigenous Business Chamber of Australia in 2000, was chairman of public charitable foundation GreaterGood and often spoke of being driven by the ability to make a difference.
"I love the way that we can make a difference, be it in the opportunities and challenges for business, the opportunity to influence government, or the opportunity to contribute to our wider community," he said last year.
One of his proudest contributions was rallying the business community to assist people in need after the 2003 bushfires. "Business did remarkable things during those first few days and then over the next six months in helping the recovery process," he said. "I think it's something that gave Canberra heart and it's something that made Canberrans realise what we can do together."
Dr Peters' legacy of promoting opportunities and making a difference for all Canberrans will endure.
On behalf of all of us associated with BLITS we send our sympathy and condolences to his family.
Lois Ford, past Chair of BLITS and Executive Director of Disability ACT, has been awarded an Australian Public Service Medal as part of the 2013 Australia Day Honours.
On behalf of the BLITS board I would like to congratulate and celebrate Lois Ford's award.
We are delighted that Lois has been publically recognised for her dedicated and passionate support for outstanding public service in the leadership of social justice for people with disability and in fostering the most fundamental shift in service reform and community attitude change in the ACT over the last ten years.
You can view the Australia Day 2013 Honours Lists, including biographical notes for each recipient at the following website: http://www.gg.gov.au/australia-day-2013-honours-lists
2012 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards
The 2012 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Awards were presented at a gala dinner on Tuesday 4th December 2012 in Gandel Hall, National Gallery of Australia.
A full list of the finalists, winners and Judges comments are available on the Inclusion awards page here