HEALTH ADVOCATES AND COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS RECOGNISED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS IN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2014 FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards 2014 for Western Australia include a global poverty campaigner, reconciliation advocate, dancer, youth worker, mental health campaigner and linguist.
The West Australian award finalists for 2014 are:
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Jennifer Allen - Mental Health Advocate (Wembley Downs)
Atticus Fleming - Conservationist (Wembley Downs)
Professor Bruce Robinson AM - Cancer Researcher (Shenton Park)
Michael Sheldrick - Global Poverty Campaigner (Kinross)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Geoffrey Cattach AM - Cancer Research Advocate (Harvey)
Fred Chaney AO - Reconciliation Advocate (Claremont)
Dr Denis Cherry - Sexual Health Pioneer (Fremantle)
Louise Howden-Smith OAM – Dancer (Nedlands)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Lewis Abdullah - Youth Worker (Spearwood)
Ashlee Harrison - Suicide Prevention Advocate (Scarborough)
Naomi Henn - Entrepreneur (Kensington)
Dr John van Bockxmeer - Doctor (Derby)
WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S LOCAL HERO 2014
Steve Andrews - Mental Health Campaigner (Busselton)
Dee Marlow - Autism Advocate (Hovea)
Jeffrey Peirce - Historian (Dalyellup)
Denise Smith-Ali - Linguist (South Bunbury)
The Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients for Western Australia will be announced on Saturday 9 November 2013 at Government House. The West Australian award recipients will then join 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 West Australian finalists are all doing great things to make the world a better place.
"Tackling global challenges head-on the West Australian finalists are a range of amazing people working in a variety of fields from changing people’s lives on a day-to-day basis to global problems such as polio and poverty," said Mr Lasek.
"Hearing these stories you can’t help being inspired by their work and passion."
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 West Australian 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.
For more information on the Australian of the Year Awards finalists for Western Australia visit the Honour Roll.
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