City celebrate people with disability at annual awards

December 4, 2023 BY

Deputy mayor Anthony Aitken, Cr Elise Wilkinson, Shannon Bowman, Paige Humm, Tim Harte and genU CEO Clare Amies. Photo: SUPPLIED

THE City of Greater Geelong has marked International Day of People with Disability by crowning the winners of its annual awards for People with Disability on Friday last week.

The awards ceremony to recognise locals making a significant difference in the community was held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre and was timed to run close to yesterday’s (Sunday, December 3) worldwide celebration.

The city partnered with GenU for a fourth straight year in presenting the initiative, alongside support from the Barwon Disability Resource Council.

Shannon Bowman received the Achievement Award for his work as a skilled and passionate entrepreneur in the field of psychotherapy and counselling.

Geelong local Paige Humm received the recipient of the Leadership and Advocacy Award.

A proud autistic/ADHD advocate, researcher, and NDIS professional, Ms Humm works as a sole trader, providing support to people with a disability that models a neuro-affirming, person-centred and rights-based approach to others within the field.

Tim Harte received with the Volunteering Award in recognition of his work to foster an inclusive culture and efforts to enhance opportunities for people with disabilities.

The 26-year-old NDIS participant is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has tertiary qualifications in performing arts and science, and a background in disability, environmental justice activism.

Geelong mayor Trent Sullivan congratulated all winners on their commitment to their local community.

“The awards program is an important part of the city’s work in building an accessible and inclusive community for all while celebrating the achievements of those with disability,” he said.

“We’re fortunate to have members of our community who are doing outstanding work in advocacy, leadership, employment, and empowering others.

“These awards recognise residents leading in their chosen fields, advocating for equal treatment and access for those with disability supporting those around them.”

genU chief executive officer Clare Amies said the awards had strengthened the region’s status as a leader in the sector.

“All of the 2023 nominees should be extremely proud.

“The Geelong Awards for People with a Disability is a great opportunity to celebrate people’s outstanding work and contribution to building Geelong’s reputation for leadership, innovation and best practice in disability services.”