The Lord Mayoral Awards recognises individuals with a disability who have made an outstanding contribution to the community advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disabilities. They are presented as part of the annual International Day of People with Disability celebrations on 3 December 2021.
You can make multiple nominations, self-nominate or nominate another person. Please use a separate form for each nomination. The person you are nominating needs to be a City of Darwin resident.
Nominations open Thursday 14 October and close 2.00pm, Wednesday 17 November 2021
You can submit a nomination in the following ways:
- Online webform
- Paper form
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 08 8930 0560
- Mail: Community Development Officer, City of Darwin, GPO Box 84, Darwin NT 0801
- In person: Civic Centre, Harry Chan Avenue, Darwin
If you require assistance to submit a nomination or have any questions, please contact Heather Docker, City of Darwin Community Development Officer on 08 8930 0560.
- The Champion Award
A person who has made an outstanding contribution to the community advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disability
The nominee has a disability. The nominee has made a significant contribution to the Darwin community, which has resulted in improved conditions, services, well-being, or understanding of individuals or groups of people with disabilities. The nominee has a record of being a champion for the rights of people with disabilities.
- The Rising Star Award
A person under 25 who makes an ongoing contribution to their school, workplace or community advocating for the rights and well-being of people with disability
The nominee is under 25 years old with a disability. The nominee makes an ongoing contribution to their school, workplace or community. The nominee advocates for the rights and well-being of people with disability.
The winners of the 2021 Lord Mayoral Awards were announced at the Carnival of Fun held on 3 December 2021 on International Day of People with Disability.
The Rising Star for 2021 is Thomas Owens. Thomas provides exceptional contribution to his community. He was invited back to his school, Henbury, to be a mentor for other students working their way through their schooling. Thomas uses a strength based approach to ensure the students he mentors can be the best they can be. It is widely known that Thomas instils resilience and passion into other people he speaks to which is particularly important given the demands of schooling. Having lived experience he is also a great advocate and role model for others with disability. He has done work for the NDIS which has been incredibly valuable. Thomas has a bright future ahead of him and we have no doubt he will bring others along with him during his journey.
The Champion for 2021 is Sam Folvig. Sam is well known in the Darwin municipality for work done in mental health and Psychosocial Recovery Coaching. Sam is passionate and vocal in advocating for people with a disability and provides a voluntarily access support program for participants to ensure they understand and get the most from their plan. In addition to this Sam is an active supporter of the LGBTIQA+ community volunteering support to participants when they have no other place to go. Sam has made an outstanding contribution towards championing the rights and wellbeing of people who are disadvantaged and promoting their choice and control. Having lived experience Sam is a great role mode for others with disability.