Awards recog­nise movers and shak­ers

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The state-wide search is on again for WA’s tal­ented and com­mit­ted high achiev­ers, with nom­i­na­tions open for the 2019 West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

The awards cel­e­brate in­spi­ra­tional role mod­els in the Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­nity; ex­cel­lence in busi­ness lead­er­ship, so­cial en­trepreneur­ship and in­no­va­tion; mak­ing a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence to WA’s vi­brancy through arts and cul­ture; pos­i­tive so­cial, sci­en­tific and eco­nomic im­pact; achieve­ment in sport; and im­prov­ing the lives of West Aus­tralians and the com­mu­nity as a whole.

This year, Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor Mike Daube was hon­oured with the cov­eted ti­tle of West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year for his con­tri­bu­tion to global pub­lic health.

Pro­fes­sor Daube has cam­paigned tire­lessly for decades to re­duce rates of smok­ing world­wide.

He was in­stru­men­tal in im­ple­ment­ing plain pack­ag­ing on tobacco prod­ucts – an area in which Aus­tralia is a world leader. His work is at­trib­uted with sav­ing mil­lions of lives.

Cel­e­brate WA chair­man Michael Anghie said the awards cel­e­brated the very best achieve­ments of West Aus­tralians.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery West­ern Aus­tralian to think hard about who they know do­ing truly re­mark­able work in their field, and take a few min­utes to nom­i­nate them for an award, so they can re­ceive the recognition they de­serve” he said.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can nom­i­nate them­selves, their friends, fam­ily or col­leagues, on­line at www.wa­day.com. The sim­ple process takes five min­utes.

It only re­quires peo­ple to select a cat­e­gory for their nom­i­nees and de­scribe their achieve­ments, and why they should win. Any per­son born in WA or who has made West­ern Aus­tralia their home is el­i­gi­ble. Nom­i­na­tions are open un­til Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 15, 2019.

The gala din­ner to an­nounce the win­ners will be on the evening of Fri­day, May 31, 2019 to mark the begin­ning of the WA Day long week­end, with the over­all win­ner de­clared as West­ern Aus­tralian of the Year.

Any ques­tions about the Awards or the nom­i­na­tion process may be di­rected to Cel­e­brate WA on 9324 5000 or cel­e­[email protected]­e­bratewa.com.au.

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