A diverse and impressive range of individuals and organisations have been recognised for their efforts at a presentation today of the 2012 Victorian Disability Sector Awards by Minister for Community Services Mary Wooldridge.
Starting a floristry business to provide meaningful work for people with a disability, building disability support equipment to help a young athlete pursue their Paralympic dreams, and pioneering disability awareness training at Monash University Gippsland were just some of the achievements recognised.
"Nominees and recipients work in a wide range of ways to support people with a disability, and they all share a passion for and a dedication to the work they do," Ms Wooldridge said.
"These awards are an important opportunity to publicly acknowledge the commitment of individuals and organisations that provide services and support to people with a disability."
Ms Wooldridge said 10 award recipients were recognised this year, with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Bill Lawler of Moe South.
"Bill is a prominent disability advocate in Victoria and is highly respected for his commitment and ability to lead by example," Ms Wooldridge said.
"Bill's many impressive achievements include founding the Regional Victorian Rural Disability Association, as well as establishing a network of disability advocacy groups across the Gippsland Region."
The Victorian Disability Sector Awards are a joint initiative between the Victorian Coalition Government, National Disability Services (Victoria) and Disability Professionals Victoria.
A full list of award recipients is attached.
For more information on the awards, visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au/disabilitysectorawards