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High achievers recognised for their outstanding contribution in ACT Australian of the Year Awards 2014
Finalists in the Australian Capital Territory Australian of the Year Awards 2014 include disability and mental illness advocates, volunteers, film producer, sporting mentors and a software developer making a difference in healthcare.
The ACT award finalists are:
ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Matt Darling - Software Designer (O'Connor)
Associate Professor Zsuzsoka Kecskes - Neonatal Specialist (Fisher)
Caro Roach - Film Producer & Arts Advocate (Gungahlin)
Alasdair Roy - Children's Advocate (Campbell)
ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Bob Buckley - Autism Activist (Ainslie)
Subhash Chandra Jalota - Community Leader (Bruce)
Bernadine Mulholland PSM - Physiotherapist (Chapman)
Graham Walker - Veterans’ Campaigner (Curtin)
ACT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
John Bale - Humanitarian (Bruce)
Caroline Buchanan - Elite Sportswoman (Kambah)
Jake Floros - Cricket Mentor (Bonython)
Huy Nguyen - Disability Advocate (Isaacs)
ACT LOCAL HERO 2014
Gordon McAlpine ESM - Volunteer (Theodore)
Patricia Mowbray OAM - Disability Champion (Macquarie)
Richard Rolfe OAM & Deborah Rolfe - Philanthropists (Red Hill)
Catriona (Katie) Tonacia – Advocate for Mental Illness (Barton)
The ACT Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Monday 4 November 2013, at The National Arboretum in Canberra. The ACT award recipients will then join award recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held on 25 January 2014 in Canberra.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Jeremy Lasek, said the ACT finalists were a diverse group of people whose achievements and contributions were truly inspiring.
"This year's ACT finalists are extraordinary people who are leaders in their field, leaders in our community and leaders in bringing about change," said Mr Lasek.
"They reflect the diverse range of people in the ACT and the many different faces of Australian society and they are all great Australians of whom we can be proud."
The Commonwealth Bank has been a Major Sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for more than 30 years. Chief Executive Officer Ian Narev congratulated the ACT finalists.
“On behalf of the Commonwealth Bank, I congratulate the finalists in the 2014 Australian of the Year Awards across all States and Territories. To emerge as a finalist from the thousands of nominated Australians is a great accomplishment. I wish you all the best of luck in the next stage of the program,” said Mr Narev.
Head over to the Honour Roll to read all the finalist biographies.