The night of nights, the 2017 Northern Territory Disability Services Awards, and now also referred to as the Logies of the disability sector workforce was proudly presented by the Northern Territory Government's Department of Health, in collaboration with National Disability Services Northern on Saturday 11 November.
The night was filled with love, laughter and celebrations for exceptional individuals, teams and organisations working in the disability sector, including government and non-government service providers and organisations, businesses, programs and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding commitment and professionalism to improving the lives of people with disability.
The 2017 winners were:
Emerging Leader - Felicity Faull, Henbury School
- Highly Commended - Kiana Fiorenza, Carpentaria
Excellence in Improving Learning and Development - Carpentaria Kids Early Childhood Developmental Service
- Highly Commended - Nightcliff Primary School
Excellence in Improving Participation - Carers NT Volunteer Social Support Services
- Highly Commended - Tania Lieman, CemeNTstars/darwin Community Arts
Excellence in Promoting Community Awareness - Chris Blackham-Davison
- Highly Commended - Sacha King, TeamHEALTH
Excellence in Innovation - Henbury School
- Highly Commended - Ellen Rhodes, Life Without Barriers
Outstanding Business and Community Initiative - HPA Helping People Achieve
- Highly Commended - HELP Enterprise, Defence Administrative Assitance Program
Outstanding Disability Service Employee - Thevi Chelliah, Palmerstone Senior College Special Education Centre
- Highly Commended - Bonnie Solly, Somerville
CarersNT, not only took out the Excellence in Improving Participation Award but went on to be awarded the Overall Award for Excellence. CarersNT volunteers reconnect people living with a disability who are socially isolated from their community. The volunteers partner with people living with a disability who have similar interests to become involved in community activities. One participant spoke highly of the program “my life is much better with friends around me that add a rich dimension to my life”. So inspired by the program, the participant’s goals is to become of volunteer in the program. Another client said “I was not coming out of my room, but look at me now! I am able to speak and look forward to the next social outing with the volunteer”.
Congratulations to all of the winners, highly commended and nominees!
The Awards are proudly presented by our major sponsor Northern Territory Government’s Department of Health, in collaboration with National Disability Services, Northern Territory.
The Awards are also made possible with the generous support of our sponsors:
Silver and Corporate Sponsors: