November 26, 2014

Labor has congratulated the winners and finalists recognised at the National Disability Awards at Parliament House in Canberra last night.


The National Disability Awards is one of the key events in the lead up to International Day of People with Disability on 3rd December 2014.


Among the winners was Queensland gym owner, John McDonald, recognised for his contribution to improving employment opportunities for people with disability.


Mr McDonald is a strong supporter of disability employment services, hiring five individuals with severe disability and mental health illnesses.


John introduced training and support, including flexible work and career development opportunities for people with disability.


The First Peoples Disability Network was rightly recognised for their advocacy and promotion of the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island peoples with disability.


Labor congratulates all of this year’s nominees, finalists and award recipients.


The full list of winners is below, with further information at:


Lesley Hall Lifetime Achievement Award


Bill Bradley, New South Wales


Emerging Leaders Award in Disability


Jordanna Smith, New South Wales


Improving Inclusive and Accessible Communities Award


Rebecca Ho - Touched by Olivia, New South Wales


Improving Advocacy and Rights Promotion Award


First Peoples Disability Network, National


Improving Employment Opportunities Award


John McDonald, Queensland


Saronbell, New South Wales


Improving Personal and Community Support Award


Technology Assisting Disability WA (TADWA), Western Australia


Improving Education Outcomes Award


Everyone Everyday Project Team, Disability ACT, Community Services Directorate, ACT Government, Australian Capital Territory


Stirling Community Early Learning Centre, South Australia


Improving Health and Wellbeing Outcomes Award


Vicdeaf (SLC VIC)/Emergency Management Victoria, Victoria




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