These awards also help to promote a fully inclusive community.
In a world where resilience and courage has been the number one thing getting us all through, the return of the Geelong Aawards for People with a Disability is a timely reminder of the amazing individuals you continue to thrive in the face of adversity every single day.
Celebrating and acknowledging the contributions of people living with a disability, nominations are now open for this year’s awards, which aim to recongise individuals with a disability who are doing outstanding work in advocacy, leadership and empowering others and in their contributions to volunteering, at work or in the community.
Nominations can be made in the following categories:
Employment Award: Recognises someone who has achieved success or made a substantial contribution to empowering and developing others in the workplace or the community;
Achievement Award: Recognises someone who has achieved a significant milestone or success in any area;
Leadership and Advocacy Award: Recognises someone who has led or advocated for others to achieve a considerable outcome or advancement; and
Volunteering Award: Recognises someone who has demonstrated exceptional commitment or made a substantial contribution towards empowering and developing others in a voluntary capacity.
The awards are a partnership between the City of Greater Geelong and genU, supported by the Barwon Disability Resource Council, Leisure Networks and the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability (VALiD).
“The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability 2020 are a great way to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of people living with a disability in Greater Geelong,” says Cr Sarah Mansfield, Chair, Social Inclusion.
“As we continue to face the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, these awards remind us of the importance of taking the time to celebrate the extraordinary people in our community.
“I encourage everyone in the community to think of the achievements of their colleagues, friends and loved ones living with a disability and to consider nominating them for an award.”
Nominations close at 5:00pm on Friday 16 October and the winner of each category will be announced online during Inclusion Week (21 – 29 November 2020).
For more information on each award category, nominee eligibility and selection criteria visit www.geelongaustralia.com.au/disabilityawards/.