Marlene Jackamarra, a pioneer of Aboriginal health and community services, tonight won the 1999 Community Services Industry Award in the Outstanding Service by an Individual category.
Ms Jackamarra, and winners of eight other categories, received their awards from Family and Children’s Services Minister Rhonda Parker at a gala presentation dinner at Rendezvous Observation City Hotel.
“For almost 30 years, Ms Jackamarra from Nedlands has made significant contributions in the areas of health, education, industrial relations, Aboriginal studies and reconciliation,” Mrs Parker said.
“As inaugural secretary of the Aboriginal Medical Service, or Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service as it is now known, she was instrumental in establishing this vital health service.”
Ms Jackamarra’s work culminated in the establishment and leadership of the Coalition of Peoples - an organisation which respected cultural diversity and advanced the progress of reconciliation.
In announcing the nine winners of the 1999 Community Services Industry Awards, Mrs Parker paid tribute to the people who devote their working lives and energies to improving the lives of all Western Australians.
“Western Australia has a history as a community of people helping others and the Community Services Industry Awards are a tangible commitment by this Government to recognising this important work,” the Minister said.
“Services to the community come in many different forms. In each city, in each town, in each community, services are set up and supported through the dedication of individuals, groups, organisations and businesses.
“In the five years that the awards have been presented we have seen services adapt and change, new services become established and innovative practices set up.
“The hallmark of a community is our ability to care for and support each other.”
Mrs Parker said the awards had once again highlighted the wide range of services which are in place throughout WA.
The winners in each category were:
Category 1 Focus on innovation
Centrecare Marriage and Family Service.
Category 2 Community support and development
Goldfields Suicide Prevention Group.
Category 3 Valuing cultural diversity
Yorganop Child Care Aboriginal Corporation (Child Placement Service).
Category 4 Industry support and development
Financial Counsellors’ Association of Western Australia (Inc).
Category 5 Support of remote and rural communities
Relationships Australia’s Build Better Country Relationships Project.
Category 6 Management and leadership
Avon Youth Services Inc.
Category 7 Family friendly work practices
Department of Land Administration.
Category 8 Corporate commitment to the community
Category 9 Outstanding service by an individual
Mrs Parker said the winners had come from a variety of organisations, ranging from large agencies working across the state to local services supporting and meeting local needs.
The Minister also thanked the sponsors of the 1999 Community Services Industry Awards Radio 882 6PR, The West Australian newspaper, The Lotteries Commission, Rendezvous Observation City Hotel, WIN Television, Australia Post, Ansett Australia, Staging Connections, SGIO Insurance Limited, StateWest Credit Society and Houghton Wine Company.
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