The Australian of the Year Awards 2015Share Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
The Australian of the Year Awards make us proud. They make us aware too of a diverse group of Aussies doing exceptional things in a multitude of areas and disciplines brought together in our Canberra to be acknowledged and feted for their achievements. The one thing they all say whether winner or not that to meet the other finalists has a profound effect on them all and is a priceless collection of valuable contacts.
This year, 2015, will be remembered as the first time four fabulous women made history with a girl power sweep of The Australian of the Year Awards at Parliament House on the eve of Australia Day at the party that celebrates who we are and those who’ve made their significant contribution.
Their causes and passions are different but each has made a major contribution to our society and came from a formidable field of finalists across the four categories that give recognition to our young, seniors, local heroes and of course the Australian of the Year who for 2015 is Rosie Batty. We will never forget her heartbreaking articulating of the scourge of domestic violence after the murder of her son and have watched as she emerged as the champion of the cause. This will be her year for Luke, to make a difference and change the way we deal with domestic violence.
Jackie French lives in the beautiful Araluen Valley and as an award winning writer, the current Children’s Laureate, director of the Wombat Foundation she is now the Senior Australian of the Year. Drisana Levitzke-Gray as the Young Australian of the Year and an advocate for the deaf gives voice to so many with Auslan, her first language while Social Entrepreneur Louise Davidson is the founder and CEO of GIVIT an online portal to get donated goods to those who need them and is Australia’s Local Hero. Go girls!
The before and after party of the awards was for all a great night on the lawns with an eclectic mix of people from across the country as guest joining finalists, politicians supporting their state finalists, VIP’s and music to pump up the crowd. Paul Kelly together with Vicka and Linda Bull a stroll down memory lane and the hypnotic beat of Sheppard’s Geronimo getting the jumping about underway.
And then came the day. Australia Day, where barbecues, beers and the beach are the recipes for a truly Aussie celebration across the country as new citizens swear allegiance and make us take stock as they show how proud they are to be one of us. Then came the frenzy, a gobsmackingly odd ‘gift’ of a knighthood to the Duke of Edinburgh caught everybody by surprise. Probably him too! Overshadowing not just the Australian of the Year Award winner but the knighthood for Sir Angus Houston, a gentleman and the epitome of a deserving recipient. Congratulations Sir.