Media Release - International Day of People with Disability Awards -17 February 2022

Published on Thursday, 17 February 2022 at 11:45:31 AM

Katherine Town Council today celebrated the International Day of People with a Disability (IDPwD) with a morning tea at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts and Culture Centre.

Initially scheduled for December, the United Nation’s observed day promotes inclusiveness and is commemorated internationally to recognise the achievements of people with a disability.

Mayor Clark said the theme for IDPwD 2021 was ‘Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world’”.

“Today’s nominees and winners have each demonstrated how their leadership contributes toward the theme’s goal,” she said.

The event’s Master of Ceremonies, Deputy Mayor Kym Henderson, said the celebration was a chance to acknowledge the ongoing hard work and dedication of support workers and service providers through a very tough couple of years.

“We also have the opportunity to congratulate the people living with a disability for their courage to share their journeys with us to move towards a system that has better access to services for everyone." 

Kathy Walker (Employment Engagement Assistant in NT Friendship’s EqualiTEA program), Ketina Moreen and Briony Festing, both EqualiTEA participants, presented an ‘Are you Okay Day’ video, taught the audience sign language and explained why sign language is essential.

Last year’s winner, Connor McBean, was unable to attend; however, Connor worked with Kathy Walker to produce an inspiring video that highlighted his achievements for the event.

The morning closed with the awards presentation. A huge congratulations to all our nominees and winners of the IDPWD Awards in the following categories:

Outstanding Service Provider

  • NT Respite Care Plus
  • Step Out Community Access Service Inc – WINNER
  • JMJ Disability Services
  • Food Ladder Katherine
  • Somerville Community Services

Outstanding Person or Teacher

  • Crystle McClarnon
  • Tracy Gray
  • Allyce Day
  • Priscilla Nipper - WINNER
  • Kathy Walker

Outstanding Person with a Disability (12-24)

  • Jackson Robertson
  • Harmond Yates - WINNER
  • Michael Miller
  • Briony Festing
  • Patrick Wing
  • Connor McBean
  • Ketina Moreen

Outstanding Person with a Disability (+25)

  • Matthew Hurley
  • Ashleigh Pugh
  • Anthony Smith – WINNER
  • Wendy Kelly
  • Tim Lowe


Thank you to NT Friendship and Support, EqualiTEA and JMJ Disability for kindly supporting this event.

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