ANNOUNCEMENT FROM ACT OFFICE FOR DISABILITY
CHIEF MINISTER'S INCLUSION AWARDS 2021 - MEET THE WINNERS:
John Brookes - Life-time achievement in supporting people with disability.
John is a leader and volunteer in mental health space and disability sector. His previous achievements include winning the 2020 Volunteering ACT Leadership Award and 2019 ACT Chief Minister's Inclusion Award.
In nominating John for this award, Volunteering ACT said "Quite honestly, it’s going to be hard to touch on everything John has done to achieve this award. As John has lived a life of community service, having spent more than 25 years working in the charity sector".
Lord Watitune said of the Award: “I am honoured to receive this recognition not just for myself but for all the dedicated Nobles, Knights, Subjects and community partners who make up our micronation. Having worked in both UK and Australian government roles; as well as small and large charities; I feel strongly that the Isles strategy is well served to our development - non-geographic positive collaboration with like-minded micronations and engagement with local macronational communities.
“Recent initiatives include a Local Environmental Clean Up Day, International Day of Disability exhibition (attended by Yvette Berry MLA), Pictures of You – an arts therapy for mental health consumers launched last year and charity flag planting on the peak of Mount Kosciuszko (Australia’s highest mountain) in partnership with the Principality of Sealand.
“These make a real difference to real people in the local Canberran community and demonstrate how micronations can be a real force for good – not just fake wars, free citizenships and spurious land claims.
“We look forward to moving forward in the coming year; in partnership with our micronational and micronational friends.”