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ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Awards – 2016 Winners

Canberra Champions recognised
Media Release from Minister for Disability Rachel Stephen-Smith, MLA

It was my great pleasure to present the Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award to David Williams for his work for more than 20 years with people with Down Syndrome and intellectual disabilities.

Mr Williams developed the Confident Speakers program and has mentored scores of young adults to develop their communication, confidence, thinking and motor skills to speak in public.

This year’s Life Time Achievements in Support Work Award went to David Fox for his lifelong commitment to community service.
Grace West received the Emerging Young Leader Award, a true leader and example for all young people. Ms West campaigns for people with vision impairment and is a high achieving sports woman.

This year 52 nominations were received for the Inclusion Awards which recognise and celebrate people, businesses and organizations that promote inclusion in our community.

Award winners include:
Emerging Young Leader: Ms Grace West;
Excellence in Making Inclusion Happen: Ms Claire Falls;
Inclusion in Employment: Enabled Employment;
Inclusion in Education and Training: St Edmunds College;
Inclusion in Business or Community: Kulture Break;
Excellence in Innovation: Isaacs Band of Brothers and Sisters Incorporated;
Excellence in Volunteer Support: Mr David Williams;
Excellence in Support Work: Mr Daniel Hoitink;
Life Time Achievements in Support Work: Mr David Fox;
Commendation: Mrs Virginia Mackenzie;
Commendation: Mrs Emily Smith; and
Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award: Mr David Williams.

Thank you to the Awards sponsors – ACT Inclusion Council, MAX Employment, Icon Water, House With No Steps, Just Better Care, Actew AGL, CIT, National Disability Services, Nexus Human Services, Transport Canberra, Valmar and the ACT Public Trustee and Guardian.