Access and Inclusion Awards

Tweed Access and Inclusion Awards

Lifebridge nominees and winners 2017

Each year, our excitement levels rise in the anticipation for the individual nominees and winners acknowledged in the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards. Every year, we are incredibly proud to see all the nominees being recognised, but even more so, the nominees and winners that come from Lifebridge. This year, our ‘I Can Do It’ program was acknowledged, as well as our entrepreneurial Nathan Johnson, and his mother Elaine Johnson, for their annual Night of Abilities event and Tim Morrissey, for his feature film on Kingscliff’s accessible and inclusive community.

The Lifebridge ‘I Can Do It’ program was nominated for creating volunteer opportunities for people with disabilities.  The program partnered with local organisation Meals on Wheels to help them deliver their meals, care and support to the community in need. Participants from the group volunteer on a monthly basis and now in their third year are very experienced hands. Group participants Daniel, Dane and Robert are all extremely proud of their volunteering roles and very proud of their nomination. Each of them enjoy the interaction with the staff and customers of Meals on Wheels and more importantly the feeling of making a difference in someone’s life.

“We love having a meaningful role in the community and being able to help others.” The entire ‘I Can Do It Group’.

Night of Abilities is an annual event now in its third year. It was created by Nathan Johnson who wanted to create an event that demonstrates the abilities of people with disability. Each year the event continues to grow and host Nathan Johnson gets to educate and entertain the local community. Proceeds raised from the night are donated to local charities in the Tweed region. The nomination in the Tweed Shire Inclusion Awards is very flattering but both Nathan and Elaine are more excited by the traction the event is gathering.

Tim was a long-term customer of Lifebridge and has made the transition to a self-managed model, where he takes ownership and responsibility for all the aspects of daily life. We are incredibly proud in Tim achieving this, and even more so, to the fact that he was awarded a Certificate of Merit for his feature film. We are so excited by all the exciting things Tim will continue to achieve.

The Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards is a fabulous event and an incredible honour for all those involved.  The awards are about recognizing and acknowledging action by individuals, community groups, organisations and businesses that build and promote an accessible and inclusive Tweed community.  An accessible and inclusive community means creating possibilities.

This is the fifth year that the Tweed Shire Access and Inclusion Awards have run, and continues to be a landmark for organisations and individuals to aspire towards. Taking place on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 the award ceremony formed part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations, which is celebrated on December 3, 2017.

Well done to everyone who was nominated and our sincerest congratulations to all of this years winners.