In celebration of International Day of People with Disability, 11 Queenslanders have been recognised for their efforts at making the communities in which they live more inclusive for people living with a physical disability.
The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC hosted an afternoon tea at Government House in Brisbane last week to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability, 3 December, 2016.
The event was held in collaboration with Spinal Life Australia, a leading provider of advocacy, therapy and specialist supports for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.
Spinal Life Australia’s CEO Michael Powell said, “These people have continuously gone above and beyond to advocate for access and inclusion in their local communities. The organisation is very appreciative of the continued efforts to help others participate more fully in their communities and build strong local networks of support.”
Among those recognised for their dedication and service were:
- Mr John MacPherson and Ms Zita Mullins from Brisbane;
- Mrs Cathy Newman from Sunshine Coast
- Mrs Wendy Adams and Mrs Robin Meredith-Bramwell from Toowoomba;
- Mrs Pat Allison from Bundaberg;
- Ms Sandi Small from Rockhampton;
- Mr Andrew Briggs from Charters Towers;
- Ms Del Childs and Mr Ian Chill from Cairns, and;
- Mrs Shirley Snell from Atherton Tablelands.
Cairns resident, Del Childs was acknowledged for her support and engagement in assisting people in their return to the community after they have been discharged from hospital.
Del said, “In my volunteer role of network facilitator with Spinal Life, I would like to think I have added to the lives of others, but equally I am the richer for having met so many courageous and wonderful people. I look forward to continuing in this role with Spinal Life Australia.”
Members who were recognised for their achievements we also awarded Honorary Life Memberships to Spinal Life Australia.
Spinal Life Australia encourages family and friends of people living with disability to join the already strong 1200 members across Queensland, to continue the efforts of making Queensland accessible and inclusive for all.