Community leaders and volunteers, young and old, to be recognised
- Public nominations now open in nine award categories
- Previous awards saw recognition for high profile local organisations and unsung heroes
Public nominations are now open for the third 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 “Through these months of devastating fires more than ever, we have seen that community spirit and the committed volunteers and leaders who do their bit for the vulnerable and the less fortunate could not be more important to our country. But you don’t have to be a firefighter to make a difference.” Mr Wallace said.
“There are thousands of local people in our schools, businesses and community groups who are giving something back and helping to make the Sunshine Coast the place to be for education, employment and retirement. I created the Fisher Awards in 2018 to find and recognise those people who are making that vision a reality, and over the last two years we have celebrated some true local heroes.”
Last year’s winners included well-known organisations like endED, Queensland Air Museum and the Wharf Mooloolaba. However, most awards went to unsung local individuals like Shivawn Davis whose work in early intervention and speech pathology has transformed the lives of many families on the Sunshine Coast. Other winners included local youth leader and activist Jazmin Simmons of Caloundra State High School, Caloundra Rotary Club’s RYDA program which helps reduce deaths on the road by teaching thousands of local students about safe driving, and “The Board Meeting”, a group of surfing enthusiasts and business leaders who have quietly raised more than $1 million over 10 years for families of local children living with severe disability. 2019’s Fisher Senior of the Year was Glass House Mountains legend Ivon Northage, who sadly passed away in November.
“Over the last two award ceremonies we have heard many beautiful and inspiring stories and got to know some of the local legends who are our community’s greatest assets. We need them now more than ever. I believe 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.” Mr Wallace said.
Nominations in each of nine categories can be made by members of the public at www.andrewwallacemp.com.au/awards until Friday 21 February 2020. 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 this year.
“I need your help to find these unsung local people. Please visit my website before Friday 21 February 2020, and tell me about an individual or organisation that you think deserves to win an award in any or all of my nine 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 Group 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