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: www.idpwd.com.au/awards/2014-award-winners/.
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
WEDNESDAY, 26 NOVEMBER 2014