• Paul Donohoe and Natalie Howson

    Paul Donohoe and Natalie Howson

  • Lucinda Chacos, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Lisa Quinn

    Lucinda Chacos, Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Lisa Quinn

  • Restaurant 86, superlative......

    Restaurant 86, superlative......

  • Ayesha Razzaq and Chief Minister Andrew Barr

    Ayesha Razzaq and Chief Minister Andrew Barr

  • Come a little bit closer.........Chief Minister Andrew Barr

    Come a little bit closer.........Chief Minister Andrew Barr

  • Anna Town, Paul Donohoe, Dash Rumble and Michelle Reardon

    Anna Town, Paul Donohoe, Dash Rumble and Michelle Reardon

  • Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Minister for Disabilities Chris Bourke

    Chief Minister Andrew Barr, Minister for Disabilities Chris Bourke

  • Faye Minty, Kristine Flanaghan and Richard Baumgart

    Faye Minty, Kristine Flanaghan and Richard Baumgart

  • Karen Hedley and Christina Ryan

    Karen Hedley and Christina Ryan

  • Madalyn Mitchell, Tom Wark, Lana O'Brien and Suzie Higgie

    Madalyn Mitchell, Tom Wark, Lana O'Brien and Suzie Higgie

  • Lisa McPherson and Kathleen Grant

    Lisa McPherson and Kathleen Grant

  • Andrew Taylor, Rex O'Rourke and Daniel Ballantyne

    Andrew Taylor, Rex O'Rourke and Daniel Ballantyne

  • Andrew Richardson, Karen Hedley and Hugh Packard

    Andrew Richardson, Karen Hedley and Hugh Packard

  • James Dunstan, Carolyn Grayson and David Carr

    James Dunstan, Carolyn Grayson and David Carr

  • Paul Walshe, Ayesha Razzaq, Lucinda Chacos and Lisa Quinn

    Paul Walshe, Ayesha Razzaq, Lucinda Chacos and Lisa Quinn

Inclusion Awards Sponsors' Lunch

13 May 2016

Awards are integral to so many aspects of our lives. From kindy kids getting the stars and stamps and recognition for just about everything to the gongs from the GG that are a stamp of excellence to wear with pride.

In the ACT the one night of awards that gives so much pleasure and acknowledges the tough road dealt to the recipients is the Chief Ministers Inclusion Awards now in its 12th year and growing and expanding across an inclusive range of areas. And the pleasure they bring to those least likely to be awarded by our society is a joy to see.

Faye Minty of the ACT Government’s Community Housing was happy to relate that joy at the Sponsors’ Lunch at Restaurant 86, explaining that the acknowledgement of the work done in this area for those with disabilities was unexpected but so appreciated.

I’ve danced the night away with them, sung along to some extraordinary musicians, marvelled at the diversity of entertainment and shed more than a tear or two with the recipients of these Inclusion Awards and feel humbled every year.