Geelong celebrates disability award winners
Wednesday, 8 February, 2017
The Geelong community celebrated the achievements of an
outstanding group of people at last night's Geelong Awards for
People with a Disability.
Karingal St Laurence (KSL) and the City of Greater Geelong
hosted the awards at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre,
while Paralympian Kelly Cartwright was a guest speaker on the
KSL Chief Executive Officer Mike McKinstry said the awards,
which began in 2015, have strengthened the region's status as a
leader in the sector by shining a spotlight on the incredible
contributions of people with a disability.
"All of the 2017 nominees should be extremely proud," Mike
said. "The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability
continues Geelong's emergence as the centre of excellence for
leadership, innovation and best practice in the area of
The event doubled as the opening for the 2017 VALiD Having a Say
conference and the six award winners were:
Simone Stevens - Volunteering and Employment
Annaliese Bishop - Sports and Recreation
Nicci Wall - Leadership and Advocacy
Ryan Schmidtke - Achievement
Michael Chan - Arts
Chloe Hayden - Young Achiever
Pictured below: The six category winners at last night's
Geelong Awards for People with a Disability.
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