Sue Ellery

Sue Ellery

Minister for Child Protection; Communities; Women's Interests; Seniors and Volunteering

    Awards celebrate making a difference in our community.

    6/08/2007 3:48 PM
     
    6/8/07

    People and organisations providing valuable community services are being urged by Communities and Child Protection Minister Sue Ellery to nominate for the 2007 Community Services Industry Awards.

    Now in their 13th year, the awards celebrate the commitment, initiative and compassion of people and agencies in Western Australia.

    “In past years, we have acknowledged an outstanding array of services and inspiring people who devote their time and energy to the needs of others,” Ms Ellery said.

    “Most of us know of a person, service, group or business building strong relationships in the community and making a real difference in the lives of others through their services or programs.”

    The Minister said the invaluable work of the people and programs involved was often overlooked.

    “The WA community services sector boasts more than 5,000 services and the economic size of the industry each year is about $1billion,” Ms Ellery said.

    The awards are open to individuals, not-for-profit organisations, State and Federal Government agencies and private businesses.

    The nine categories are working creatively to make a difference (small organisations); working creatively to make a difference (large organisations); strengthening the community services industry; business and community partnerships; strengthening communities; strengthening volunteering; strengthening rural and remote communities; organisational excellence; and outstanding commitment by an individual.

    The closing date for entries is Friday, September 14.

    Award winners will receive a $5,000 grant provided by principal partner Lotterywest.

    Applications for entry kits can be made by email at csia@dcp.wa.gov.au or by telephoning (08) 9222 2587 or 1800 623 993 (freecall STD).

    More information is available at http://www.childprotection.wa.gov.au/csia

    Minister's office - 9213 7150