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2017 Creative Futures Recognition Awards winners announced

1st December, 2017

Autism Queensland today announced the winners of the 2017 Creative Futures Recognition Awards, an annual event recognising the contributions of people living with autism as well as the parents, carers, schools and businesses who support them.

The Governor of Queensland and Autism Queensland Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC and Mrs Kaye de Jersey hosted a morning tea at Government House this morning where His Excellency presented the awards (Friday, 1 December).

The Awards were presented in six categories and highlight the services and supports that are essential to addressing the complex problems associated with a diagnosis of autism. 

Author Kathy Hoopmann from Bunya received the Individual Achievement Award. Kathy has published 12 books for children with autism including All Cats Have Aspergers which was shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia in 2007. Her latest book is All Birds Have Anxiety. Barb Cook from the Sunshine Coast and Danyele Forster from Atherton were presented Special Commendations in this category.

Kingaroy mother and founder of the South Burnett Autism Support Group Jennifer Lutz received the Parent/Carer Award for her tireless work in guiding, mentoring and supporting families and individuals in the region living with autism. Jennifer founded the Support Group 22 years ago when her son Greg was diagnosed with autism at the age of 11. Gwenyth Cutler OAM from Townsville and Libby Rosentreter from Toowoomba received Special Commendations.

Kellie Mills, Head of Special Education Services at Bracken Ridge State School, received the Professional Achievement Award for her success in supporting students at the school to help them engage with curriculum, expand their opportunities and reach their potential. A Special Commendation was presented to Carly Jones, Coomera State School.

Circus Stars circus school on the Gold Coast received the School/Community Award. Founder Kristy Seymour started the school in 2013 after conducting research into how circus could improve the well-being of children with autism. As well as supporting the emotional, social and physical development of attending children, Kristy has worked hard to advocate for autism awareness and creative alternatives for children on the spectrum.

Special Commendations in this category were awarded to Allora State School, the Goodstart Early Learning Centre at Labrador and The Umbrella Network Rockhampton.

The Department of Education and Training’s Autism Hub was named winner of the Business Partnership Award. This valuable partnership has provided a venue from which Autism Queensland delivers professional and parent workshops and enabled the establishment of vital after school and school holiday programs for young teens with ASD.

The Patronage Award was presented to The Cory Charitable Foundation for their outstanding and ongoing support of Autism Queensland’s Early Intervention and Therapy Services at Brighton. Special Commendations were presented to Karl Maxa from Cairns for his involvement in the organisation’s inaugural charity golf day in Cairns, and the Lions Club of Bracken Ridge Central for their long-standing support of the Autism Queensland centre at Brighton.

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Media contact:           Adrienne Costin, 3273 0070 or adrienne.costin@autismqld.com.au