FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 2017 WA AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS
A gospel singer, a foster carer, an anti-alcohol activist, a Formula One driver, a global education innovator and a philanthropic businessman are among the finalists in the 2017 Western Australia Australian of the Year Awards.
The Western Australia Award finalists announced today are in the running to be named WA Australian of the Year, WA Senior Australian of the Year, WA Young Australian of the Year and WA Local Hero.
The 2017 Western Australia Award finalists are:
2017 WA AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Professor Arlene Chan – Breast cancer researcher (Perth)
Dr Martin Dougiamas – Online education pioneer (West Perth)
Dr James Fitzpatrick – Paediatrician (Cottesloe)
Andrew Forrest – Philanthropist and anti-slavery advocate (Perth)
2017 WA SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Fay Alford – Foster carer (Carine)
Michael Gurry – Charity founder (Mount Lawley)
Peter Kenyon – Social entrepreneur (Kalamunda)
Olive Knight (Kankawa Nagarra) – Gospel and contemporary Blues singer (Wangkatjungka community)
2017 WA YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR
Abdullahi Alim – Social innovator (Manning)
Ryan Morich – Wheelchair basketballer (Perth)
Daniel Ricciardo – Formula One driver (Perth)
Troye Sivan – Performer and youth supporter (Dianella)
2017 WA LOCAL HERO
Griffin Longley – Outdoor play champion (Fremantle)
Peter Lyndon-James – Drug rehabilitation volunteer (West Swan)
Michael Norman – Conservationist and sustainability champion (Sorrento)
June Oscar AO – Anti-alcohol activist (Fitzroy Crossing)
Western Australia’s Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Sunday 20 November 2016 at Government House in Perth.
The Western Australia 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 Western Australia 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 from all walks of life making extraordinary contributions to our society," said Mr Kirby.
“The Western Australia Award finalists are role models in their respective fields and inspirational leaders in our communities – they lead by example, they seek to make a difference and they forge a path for others to benefit in the future.”
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.”
Finalist bios attached with this media release or can be viewed from www.australianoftheyear.org.au
Finalist photos can be downloaded from https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3zfB7dMM-RmZGJvTWhpOGVuU1U
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards or members of the selection panel visit www.australianoftheyear.org.au or http://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/news-and-media/selection-panel-members/