The right attitude
Earlier this month, the 2011 Attitude Awards took place at the Viaduct Events Centre on Auckland's waterfront to acknowledge and reward talented and successful New Zealanders who live with disabilities.
The Ministry was a sponsor of the awards and Chai Chuah, National Director of the NHB, presented the award for Artistic Achievement to Eddie Low for his success in the music industry.
Chai was accompanied by Anne O'Connell, Group Manager of the Disability Support Services, Jill Lane, Director of National Services Purchasing, and other Disability Support Services staff.
"These awards are a great way to acknowledge talented people in New Zealand and give them the recognition they have earned," says Anne.
"The disability sector will be particularly pleased that the ACC Supreme Award went to Mike Gourley in recognition of his tireless advocacy for disabled people over the decades'.
The black tie event, attended by 500 guests, kicked off in style and was attended by dames and knights, politicians, sport stars, TV celebrities and opinion leaders from the community.
Congratulations to this year's winners:
- Courage in Sport - Patricia McQueen
- Sport Performer - Sophie Pascoe
- Artistic Achievement - Eddie Low
- Making a Difference - Mike Gourley
- ACC Employer - Mission Heights Junior College
- Youth - Gabrielle Hogg
- Spirit of Attitude - Mark Grantham
- Hall of Fame - Mary Schackenberg
- ACC Supreme Award - Mike Gourley