Published on Monday 3 December, 2018
This year’s theme for International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) 2018 is empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
The theme aligns with Lifestyle Solutions’ deep commitment to providing everyone in society with equal opportunity and equal respect and I’d like to share some exciting news with you that brings this theme to life.
I’m pleased to announce that two people from within our organisation, one of our board members and one of our valued customers, have been recognised for making a significant difference to society.
Celebrated annually on International Day of People with Disability is the Alice Springs Town Council Mayoral Awards. The Mayoral Awards highlight the contributions made by individuals with disability and by individuals for disability communities.
Today, Bindi Mwerre Anthurre Artist and Lifestyle Solutions customer, Adrian Robertson, won the Noteworthy Award for his important contribution to the community. Adrian bridges the gap between disability and mainstream art and has been recognised for several achievements this year, including representing Alice Springs as a finalist in the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards.
Adrian was also a finalist for Alice Springs’ national contemporary art award, the Alice Prize, and held a solo exhibition at Raft Artspace in Alice Springs called Paint Country. Adrian’s growing public profile and increased access to his work highlight his creative influence and positive contribution to the Alice Springs community.
Lifestyle Solutions board member, Joyce Bowden OAM, won the Champion Award for her advocacy for the rights and wellbeing of people with disability. Joyce has advocated for disability services in Alice Springs for 40 years and was a founding member of Bindi Enterprises, Lifestyle Solutions’ Australian Disability Enterprise and central Australia’s first disability service.
Joyce is a strong voice in the media and community forums who strives for the continued improvement of disability services in central Australia.
Congratulations to Adrian for his inspiring passion and dedication to his art practice and to Joyce for her commitment to improving the lives of people with disability.