Ability Awards mark 25 years of celebrating achievements
Nominations are now open for the 2023 Fraser Coast Ability Awards.
Now in its 25th year, the awards recognise the resilience, strength, and remarkable accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and those supporting them within the Fraser Coast community.
This prestigious event, dedicated to spotlighting exceptional achievements, will take a nostalgic turn this year as it embraces the iconic vibes of the 90s.
Cr Zane O'Keefe, an advocate for inclusivity and empowerment, said the awards were a significant event for the community.
"For a quarter-century, the Fraser Coast Ability Awards have stood as a testament to the tenacity and spirit of our disability community,” he said.
“These awards honour achievements and amplify the voices of those who often go unrecognised.
“It's a moment to reflect on our progress and recommit ourselves to fostering an inclusive society."
The event features various categories, each spotlighting a distinct aspect of the disability community's contributions including:
Recognising businesses providing employment opportunities for people whose lives are affected by disability. Sponsored by Assistance Industry Resourcing.
Celebrating schools and educational institutions offering inclusive education for those with disabilities. Sponsored by Time Out Disability Services.
Honouring unpaid and paid caregivers who exceed expectations in their dedication. Sponsored by Endeavour Foundation.
Acknowledging groups, clubs, and businesses dedicated to serving the disability community. Sponsored by MADCOTA.
Highlighting individuals living with disabilities showcasing remarkable community engagement. Sponsored by ProMelius Physiotherapy.
Young Community Spirit
Recognising individuals under 25 with disabilities who embody community spirit. Sponsored by Core Connect Psychology.
Ted Webber Individual Achievement
Commending individuals with disabilities achieving excellence in their chosen fields. Sponsored by Centacare.
Sport and Recreation
Celebrating achievements of individuals with disabilities in sports and recreation. Sponsored by Fraser Coast Sports and Recreation Precinct.
Hall of Fame
Honouring past winners across multiple categories in the last five years. Sponsored by Community Lifestyle Agency.
Nominations for the 2023 Fraser Coast Ability Awards close on 30 October, 2023.
Cr O'Keefe emphasised the transformative power of nominations.
"Nominating someone is more than just an act – it's a statement that resonates beyond words,” he said.
“It empowers individuals, fosters a sense of belonging, and encourages them to continue their inspiring work within the community."
For more information and to nominate someone you know, visit - www.frasercoast.qld.gov.au/fraser-coast-ability-awards