Congratulations to the 2016 Victorian Disability Award winners and finalists

2016 Victorian Disability Award winners and finalists
16 June 2016
2016 Victorian Disability Award winners and finalists

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, together with representatives from AQA Spire SCI peer-support and Tracey Clarke, Foundation 97, the individual and group winners of the Volunteer Award.

Victorians making an outstanding contribution to empower people with a disability and create an inclusive community were recognised at the 2016 Victorian Disability Awards.

The awards celebrate excellence and acknowledge those who work with vision and commitment to support people with a disability to achieve their goals and aspirations.

On Wednesday 15 June, more than 300 people came together for the ceremony at Federation Square.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing, Martin Foley, presented the award trophies together with David Moody, State Manager, National Disability Services. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Kym Peake, opened the awards.

There were seven people admitted to the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Honour Roll, including a posthumous award for Susan Plant who was nominated by her brother for her exemplary work as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist.

Shannon Fischer, Yooralla, won the Emerging Leader award for the innovative Driving Initiative Program she developed with VicRoads and the local council’s L2P program.

Nga Do, Extended Families Australia, was also recognised for her work with Vietnamese children with disabilities and their families over more than 30 years.

To find out more and watch videos about the award recipients, visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilityawards

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