Com­mu­nity re­wards its Un­sung He­roes

Pilbara News - - News - Louise Alling­ham

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.

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