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Senior Australian of the Year 2006, Sally Goold visits Bribie Island Commonwealth Bank Branch

14 August 2009

The Senior Australian of the Year 2006, Sally Goold OAM, visited the Commonwealth Bank in Bribie Island today to talk with staff and customers about her experiences since receiving the Award and to encourage them to nominate others they think worthy of the 2010 Awards.

The Australian of the Year Awards is a national program that recognises and rewards the many outstanding Australians that have made a significant contribution to the Australian community. The Senior Australian of the Year Award recognises those Australians aged 60 and over who continue to achieve and contribute to the community, even in their more senior years.

Sally was awarded the Senior Australian of the Year Award in 2006 for her work as a nurse, educating and mentoring nurses in hospitals and universities and increasing the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in nursing.

Commonwealth Bank Branch Manager, Mr Robert Parker, said the Commonwealth Bank has been the major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards since 1979 and he was pleased to welcome Sally to the Commonwealth Bank in Bribie Island.

“Through our sponsorship of the Awards, we are proud to recognise and celebrate the achievements of great Australians who make our nation stronger and we applaud all the good work Sally has done for the Bribie Island community,” Mr Parker said.

“We are thrilled that Sally could join us at the Commonwealth Bank today and we are sure she will serve as an inspiration to others to both continue their important work in the community and to recognise others through the Australian of the Year Awards.”

Sally said she was pleased to visit the Commonwealth Bank to speak to staff and customers and that it was important that all members of the community had a say in who should be considered for the Australian of the Year Awards.

“Today has been a great opportunity to meet with Commonwealth Bank staff and customers in my local community, thank them for their support and to explain what the award has meant to me,” she said.

“I was thrilled to receive this prestigious award in 2006. Being recognised in this way has inspired me to continue my work working with nurses in hospitals and universities and to increase the participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Nursing.

“This program is open to all Australians and I encourage the Bribie Island community to nominate those they think worthy of the 2010 awards.”

Nomination forms can be picked up at any Commonwealth Bank branch or you can nominate here.  Nominations close 31 August 2009.