2nd Annual Fisher Community Awards
Community leaders to be recognised at Sunshine Coast MP’s 2nd Annual Fisher Community Awards
- Public nominations now open in ten award categories
- 2018 awards saw recognition for high profile organisations and unsung individuals
Public nominations are now open for the second annual Fisher Community Awards, organised by Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace. The awards recognise organisations and individuals who have made a difference in the fields of education, employment and retirement.
Mr Wallace said “We all know those local people who are giving something back – the leaders in our schools, businesses and community groups who inspire us and who set the example for all of us to follow. I created the Fisher Community Awards last year to recognise just those people. In 2018 we received more than 100 nominations, and I want this year to be even bigger.”
Last year’s winners included high profile local organisations like STEPs and Sunny Kids. However, most awards went to unsung local individuals like teacher Simon Richardson, whose voluntary Robotics program at Chancellor State College has given his students the opportunity to compete at and win multiple world championships. Other winners included Millie Thomas, who works with young women suffering from an eating disorder on the Coast; All Love Pest Control & Carpet Cleaning, who donate 10% of their profits to the construction of accommodation for families travelling to the Coast for cancer treatment; and Coastal Caring Clowns, who provide a distraction from physical or emotional pain in older people and their families through their clowning visits.
“The Sunshine Coast’s greatest asset is not our beaches or our spectacular hinterland, it is the people who live here and their willingness to help their neighbours. At last year’s ceremony it was moving to hear all of the winners’ stories, and to feel the mutual support and the community spirit shown by everyone who attended. We need to keep encouraging Sunshine Coasters to get involved and make a contribution, and I hope local residents will help them to know that their efforts are valued by making a nomination today.” he said.
Nominations in each of ten categories can be made by members of the public at www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/awards until 22 February 2019. The winners in each category will be selected from the public’s nominations by representatives of the Fisher Youth Council, Business Council and Seniors Council. These councils are consultation groups, drawn from local residents, set up by Mr Wallace.
Winners will receive a trophy and a gift voucher from a local business at a special awards night in March.
“I need your help to find these unsung local people. Please visit my website before 22 February 2019, and tell me about an individual or organisation that you think deserves to win an award in any or all of my 10 categories and why.” Mr Wallace said.
The award categories are:
- Fisher Educator of the Year
- Fisher Student of the Year
- Fisher Education Provider of the Year
- Fisher Business of the Year
- Fisher Employee of the Year
- Fisher Innovator of the Year
- Fisher Senior of the Year
- Fisher Senior Community Group of the Year
- Fisher Senior Support Service of the Year
The Andrew Wallace Community Group of the Year Award
More information about the Fisher Community Awards can be found at www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/awards