Standing up for Canberra

Gai Brodtmann congratulates Canberra finalists in the National Disability Awards

Federal Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann MP, has congratulated three outstanding Canberrans who were this week announced as finalists in the National Disability Awards.

“Sue Salthouse of Chisholm, Ann Procter of Duffy and Huy Nguyen of Isaacs have been recognised for their significant work in advocating for people with a disability, not just here in Canberra, but across the country and internationally.

“These three individuals are wonderful ambassadors of Canberra, and we can be very proud that they are being recognised nationally for their efforts,” Ms Brodtmann said.

The National Disability Awards celebrate the valuable contribution that individuals and organisations have made in improving the lives of people with disability in Australia, and building awareness of disability issues.

Finalists were chosen from almost 200 nominations for the awards across nine categories.

Sue Salthouse is a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Disability. Sue has worked in the area of social justice and human rights since 1996, playing an active role in advocacy for women with disabilities. She is the Convenor of Women With Disabilities ACT and runs her own consultancy company which specialises in disability sector issues.

Ann Procter is also a finalist for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Disability. Ann has over 40 years of personal and professional experience in advocacy, training and service delivery for people with disability. As the mother of three children, one of whom has multiple and profound intellectual and physical disabilities, she is dedicated to pursuing the rights of people with disability to encompass physical, social and economic inclusion.

Huy Nguyen is a finalist for the Emerging Leaders Award in Disability. Huy has pioneered many developments to improve the lives of people with disability.  He developed the first official wheelchair basketball program in the Solomon Islands, is the founder of a social enterprise called Enable Development and led a highly motivated group of development organisations towards an inclusive water, sanitation and hygiene practice in Timor Leste.

The seventh annual National Disability Awards will be held on 26 November, ahead of the International Day of People with Disability on 3 December.

“I know all of Canberra will join me in wishing our finalists well for the Awards in November.”