FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Community leaders, health and disability advocates, humanitarians and environmental champions are among the finalists in the 2017 ACT Australian of the Year Awards.
The ACT Award finalists announced today are in the running to be named ACT Australian of the Year, ACT Senior Australian of the Year, ACT Young Australian of the Year and ACT Local Hero.
The 2017 ACT Award finalists are:
2017 ACT AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Katrina Fanning – Community leader (Farrer)
Jessica May – Disability advocate (North Lyneham)
Ricky Stuart – Advocate for children with autism (Yarralumla)
Alan Tongue – Youth mentor and educator (Canberra)
2017 ACT SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Judith McLeod – Community volunteer (Weetangera)
Wendy Rainbird – Environmental champion (Canberra)
Terry Snow AM – Philanthropist (Deakin)
Dick Telford – Sports Scientist (Forrest)
2017 ACT YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Alpha Cheng – Humanitarian (Barton)
Heidi Prowse – Cystic Fibrosis champion (Hackett)
Rachael Stevens – Mental health advocate (Holder)
Caterina Sullivan – Sustainable development activist (O’Connor)
2017 ACT LOCAL HERO
David Boddy – Community champion (Chapman)
Stasia Dabrowski OAM – Soup kitchen volunteer (Canberra)
Tash Maguire – Childhood cancer crusader (Marchment)
Marg Peachey – Wildlife warrior (Kambah)
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 31 October 2016 at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.
The ACT Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2017.
National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Chris Kirby, said the ACT finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.
"The Australian of the Year Awards allow us to recognise and celebrate the achievements of outstanding Australians – people making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Mr Kirby.
“The ACT Award finalists share a motivation to help people, often putting aside their own life challenges to focus on bringing about positive change for others and to make real changes in the broader community. Their outlook and efforts have inspired those around them and make them Australians to be proud of.”
Commonwealth Bank has been a major sponsor of the Australian of the Year Awards for 37 years.
“We are proud to support the Australian of the Year Awards, a national program that showcases the Australian spirit,” said Mr Ian Narev, Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth Bank.
“Thank you to all of the State and Territory finalists, who have all made an important contribution to their communities through their achievements.”
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards visit australianoftheyear.org.au/honour-roll
More information on State and Territory selection panel members can be found here.