Community rewards its Unsung Heroes
The Roebourne community’s unsung heroes were recognised at the Ngarluma Yindjibarndi Foundation awards last Friday night.
NYFL’s seventh annual Unsung Hero Awards honoured those who had gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the Roebourne community.
NYFL received more than 30 nominations from community members for the awards.
There were 11 winners for the night, including Aiden Hughes, David Walker, Tootsie Daniel, Gloria Newland, Serena Todd, Francis Phillips, Claudia Mourambine, Yurra Lanscaping and Gardening, Joyce Hubert, Leroy Smith and Dwayne Sampi.
Guests were treated to a buffet feast by Bob Bongiorno and the team at Whim Creek Hotel.
The Blackstone Ramblers provided live music and Patrick Churnside and a group of young Roebourne boys entertained the crowd with traditional indigenous singing and dancing.
Ms Daniel was named an Unsung Hero for 2016 after receiving 10 nominations for her passion and hard work in Roebourne.
“I have a vision for Roebourne and I want to lift Roebourne,” she said in her acceptance speech.
“Forget about all the bad things that have happened to this place — I’m going to make this into a beautiful town.”
NYFL chairman Arnold Lockyer presented the Unsung Heroes Elders Award to David Walker for his involvement in the Elders Yarn and the Close the Gap initiatives.
Mr Walker also helps at community events and supports NAIDOC Week activities at the local school, teaching students about their cultural heritage.
He said he was honoured to receive the award for the work he had put into the community.
Ms Hubert also won an elders award for her involvement with local schoolchildren.
Mr Phillips was given the sporting award and Yurra Landscaping and Gardening took the Outstanding Business Award.
Event organiser Georgia Mills presented Ms Newland with her prize for her foster care work.
“Gloria has been nominated for her ongoing commitment to foster care in the town of Roebourne,” she said.
“Her nominee described her as one of the most outstanding carers she has ever come across in the 16 years she has been working in child protection.”
Ms Todd was honoured for her work as as a transport officer taking people to and from Nickol Bay Hospital for appointments, and Claudi Mourambine was the youngest recipient of the night for her commitment to the NYFL cafe.
The final award of the night went to Mr Sampi and Mr Smith for their work in artefact making.
Mr Sampi and Mr Smith have been developing their skills in creating artefacts and teaching and encouraging others in the art for the past two years.
Lynette Wilson and Tootsie Daniel. Pictures: Louise Allingham
Joyce Hubert accepts her Unsung Hero Award from Arnold Lockyer.
Young boys performed traditional indigenous dances.