According to Antoinette’s son, she has spent a lot of her free time helping the community with clothing Shoes & Accessories. She works there every Monday Tuesday and Thursday she has not missed the day for the whole of the 25 years; she feels like she doesn’t want to let them down. All of the staff at St Vincent de Paul know her very well and they appreciate everything she has done for them. She is still working there right up until today and loves going there although she is 77 years old.
Shirley Maddeman – Helensvale Senior Citizens Club
Lyn Mansfield – Abilities Plus
Youth Volunteer of the Year
WINNER: Kareem Baba – Multicultural Social Network
Earlier this year, Kareem assisted in the fundraising event in Gold Coast for ‘Bushfire victim’ which was organised by Multicultural Social Network. He flew to Sydney with other volunteers, bought ‘relief products’ in Sydney, then drove about 15 hours to personally deliver the relief items to the bushfire victims in Mogo & Cobargo. Since early April, he has been assisting about 200 International Students who are stranded in Gold Coast. Every Thursday, he collected food products from different places, packed them into Food Hamper & delivered to the students in Gold Coast. Every Saturday, he helped in the kitchen & delivered hot meals to these students.
Bayley Jacobsen – Youth Music Venture
Isabella Blackburn – Heart Kids
Community Organisation of the Year
WINNER: You Choose Youth Road Safety
In 2012, Melissa’s son, Jordan, was speeding and under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he collided with a stationery vehicle containing 5 other young adults. Four of the occupants of that car were killed by the impact, as was Jordan himself. Since 2017 Melissa has been engaging with young people around Australia, sharing her family’s story and facilitating a genuine social movement for changed driving behaviors, with highly relate-able messages about Love, Family and the Empowerment of Choice. Melissa’s program and presentations are advocated as uniquely impactful on the teen driving cohort by police, educators, students and parents throughout Australia; as well as organisations such as the Australian Road Safety Foundation and Youth Leadership Academy Australia
Baby Give Back
Plastic Free Gold Coast
Community Project of the Year
WINNER: Boredom Buster Boxes - Liberty Community Connect
Knowing the impact of social isolation during COVID19, Liberty Community Connect organised a variety of services to support elderly clients isolating at home. Liberty also brought social support to our clients by way of the Boredom Buster Boxes filled with good cheer and things to do. Boxes included (books, DVD’s, magazines, puzzles, art therapy, recipes, crafts, games and exercise programs) staff have been going out and visiting clients who would like a social visit in their homes. What a difference this has made for many of our older folk. Lifting spirits of clients, improving gardens, planting creating lovely areas to sit, have a cuppa and read a book.
On the Streets Project – Australian Anti Ice Campaign
Upccy – UpCycle Green
Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year
WINNER: Bright Inclusions
Bright Inclusions Pty Ltd (Bright Inclusions) is an all-inclusive, innovative and family-based company, providing programs and workshops to NDIS participants in our local and wider community. Bright Inclusions purpose is to help our participants meet their short and long-term NDIS planning goals, whilst in a safe, comfortable environment where they can explore their creativity; free from judgement and criticism. They ensure their structured programs provide participants with lifelong learning skills that can be transferred and imbedded into their day to day life. For example, their Art Program allows participants to release their inner creativity through self-expression and the creation of individually designed pieces.