Yesterday, it was announced in the media I am one of four SA finalists in the Australian Of The Year Awards. This was for me, incredibly humbling, and also incredible to be recognised for my advocacy and activism for people with dementia, both here in Australia and globally. I don’t do this for money, and am almost never paid for what I do. I don’t do it for recognition. I do it with the hope of improving the quality of life and well being of the almost 47 million people with dementia around the world. I am indeed, trying to change the world…
The ceremony to announce the winner of the SA Australian Of The Year is to be held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on the 11th of November.
Later in the day, I received an email with another media release, announcing I was one of two SA finalists in the National Disability Awards, and in some ways, feel this is more important to my work, as it places dementia fully into the disAbility sector. People with dementia, who live with varying and increasing symptoms that cause many disAbilities, deserve the same rights to legislation and the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as every other person with a disAbility. This award, even as a finalist, puts us into this space formally.
The ceremony to announce the winner of the National Disability Award is in Canberra on the 25th November.
To those who nominated me for these awards, I thank you sincerely for your support of me, and your support of my work, and most especially for valuing what I do. I would be amazed and honoured to win either of these awards, but already feel completely humbled to have been nominated at all, and then to be a finalist in both, with an impressive group of amazing Australians.