For the past ten years, I have been proud to be a judge and convenor of panels for the Melbourne Awards. The Melbourne Awards are our city’s highest accolade, and celebrate inspirational people and organisations who dedicate their time and energy to the benefit of our wonderful city.
Last year, I was thrilled to have been running a panel for the new Multiculturalism Award, where The Huddle – an initiative of the North Melbourne Football Club designed to bring boys and girls from different cultural groups into football – was the worthy winner. The Huddle does great work providing mentoring and support for kids with school work, home life and settling into their community.
Last year, I was also delighted to attend as a Board member of the Victorian Opera when the company received a 2016 Melbourne Award for Contribution to Profile by a Corporation. As Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said on the night, ‘Victorian Opera is a vital part of what makes Melbourne the arts and culture capital of Australia.’
Nominations are now open for the 2017 Melbourne Awards. The Awards recognise achievements in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Community, Profile, and Multiculturalism. So if you are, or know of an organisation or business that is helping improve or raise the profile of this great city, then you can help the Melbourne Awards discover our next winners. Nominations close Monday 5 June.
You can find more information about the Awards and how to nominate here.