Victorian Australian of the Year Award finalists announced for 2014!
The Victorian award finalists for 2014 are:
VICTORIAN AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
John Caldwell - Anti-Bullying Advocate (Melbourne)
Associate Professor Norman Eizenberg – Anatomist (Burwood)
David Jacka - Aviator and Disability Advocate (Fairfield)
Professor Paul Komesaroff - Social Innovator and Ethicist (Armadale)
VICTORIAN SENIOR AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Dr Christine Durham - Teacher and Disability Advocate (Eltham)
Dr Rob Gordon – Psychologist (Yarra Glen)
Betty Kitchener OAM - Mental Health Advocate (Kensington)
Professor Peter Singer AC – Philosopher (St Kilda)
VICTORIAN YOUNG AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2014
Daniel Flynn - Social Entrepreneur (Blackburn)
Luke Owens - Musician and Advocate for Homeless People (Bendigo)
Benson Saulo - Youth Representative (Melbourne)
Joel Taylor - Mental Health Advocate (Doncaster East)
VICTORIAN LOCAL HERO 2014
Pam Ahern - Animal Rights Activist (Willowman)
Tim Conolan - Children’s Charity Founder (Melbourne)
Julie Hoffmann - Charity Fundraiser (Emerald)
Dr Di Winkler - Disability Advocate (Blackburn)
The Victorian Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Thursday 31 October 2013 at the Arts Centre Melbourne. The Victorian 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 Victorian finalists were a group of people whose contributions to society and many achievements were inspiring.
"This year's Victorian finalists are fine examples of the varied range of outstanding work that Victorians are doing in their local, national and international communities," said Mr Lasek.
"We are thrilled to be able to recognise and celebrate their outstanding achievements which are all great examples of Australians following their passions to make a positive difference."
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 Victorian 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 finalists visit the Honour Roll or download the media release.