We spent the last few days in Canberra for the National Australian Of The Year 2017 Awards events and ceremony. My sincere congratulations go to the four national winners, all very worthy and remarkable recipients. All 32 finalists were truly delighted they were nominated to represent the nation, and we all wish those now representing our great country well in their new roles. I’ve added a few images from our few days away, though cannot remember names of everyone, so if you are interested, that is now your job to find out who they are, if you don’t recognise anyone!
There have been moments when winning the state title has brought on a few of the very worst experiences or moments my life, but this last week, it has felt like we were totally wrapped in a cocoon of love. I remain eternally thankful and grateful for the love and support of my friends and family, and my global dementia friends and community.
I am also grateful, and wish to thank the incredible support of the national and state Australia Day Council teams, as well as the National Exhibition Gallery staff and curators. They have all been the most professional, caring, supportive and thoughtful staff and incredible individuals I hhave ever had the pleasure to work with. You have made us all feel welcome, cared for, and are all examples of great Aussie Heroes.