Achievements lauded

Bradleigh Hudgell (Supplied) 259537_01

Ash Bolt

The achievements and outstanding contributions of people living with disability in Greater Geelong have been celebrated in the 2021 Geelong Awards for People with Disability.

The awards celebrate Geelong community members with disability who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in advocacy, leadership, empowering others or who have achieved a significant milestone or success.

Award-winning artist, author and businesswoman Justine Martin received the achievement award for her work to inspire others living with disability to overcome adversity and build resilience, through sharing her own experience living with multiple sclerosis and multiple cancer diagnoses.

The employment award was won by Brooke Greenhalgh, who has pursued her passion for food through her work in the hospitality industry, first at Dial a Lunch and then Bon Appetit in Highton.

Brooke Boyle was the recipient of the leadership and advocacy award for her leadership role with the Geelong and Bellarine Peer Action Group, where she facilitates the monthly social lunch that brings together her peers and their families and promotes becoming stronger self-advocates.

Bellarine SES volunteer Bradleigh Hudgell was the winner of the volunteering award for his 12-year commitment as a volunteer to the emergency service organisation and the wider community.

Now in their sixth year, the awards recognise recipients leading in their chosen fields, advocate for equal treatment and access for those with disability and empower those around them.

City volunteering and disability portfolio chairman Anthony Aitken said the awards help build inclusivity in the region while highlighting amazing accomplishments of community members.

“Congratulations to all of the award recipients and nominees for their extraordinary contributions and efforts in the community,” Cr Aitken said.

“This year’s recipients showcase the incredible contributions of our community, their work in supporting others and in pursuing their passions.”

The awards are a partnership with genU, supported by the Barwon Disability Resource Council, and the Victorian Advocacy League for Individuals with a Disability (VALiD).