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Congratulations to the 2018 Creative Futures Recognition Awards winners

4th December, 2018


The winners of Autism Queensland’s 2018 Creative Futures Recognition Awards were announced Tuesday, 4 December at a special event hosted by the Governor of Queensland and Autism Queensland Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, and Mrs Kaye de Jersey.

The Awards are presented annually to recognise the contributions of people living with autism as well as the parents, carers, schools and businesses who support them. Nominations for the awards are made by the Queensland autism community and individuals. In 2018 Awards were presented in five categories.

Bundaberg youngster Summer Farrelly received the Individual Achievement Award. The 12-year-old has chosen to share her love of chickens to help others in many ways including co-writing a therapeutic program using companion chickens and running a successful Facebook page called Chickens to Love.

Sippy Downs father Stuart Kruger received the Parent/Carer Award. Stuart was nominated for the award for his dedication, both personally and professionally in making a difference to others on a similar journey. As well as caring for a son on the autism spectrum, Stuart has also created and co-designed a health app for parents and therapists.

Teacher Majella Ritchie, now based in Aspley, was presented the Professional Achievement Award for her role as principal of an indigenous college in Far North Queensland, and her efforts in providing support for students on the spectrum and their families.

The School/Community Award was presented to Norfolk Village State School for their highly successful approach to inclusion and proactive role in supporting all students, including the 59 on the spectrum currently attending the school.

The Residents of Forest Oak Drive in Upper Coomera were presented the Patronage Award for their fundraising efforts in 2016 and 2017 which saw them raise over $60,000 for Autism Queensland through their very popular annual Candy Cane Lane Christmas lights display. 

(A full list of winners appears below the photograph).

(Centre) His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC; (centre left), Autism Queensland Chairman, Ian Langdon,  pictured here with the winners at Government House Brisbane. Duncan Pegg, Member for Stretton and Autism Queensland CEO Rod Cameron are also pictured (back left). 

Autism Queensland Individual Achievement Award: Summer Farrelly
Special Commendation:
Nichole Conolly
Liam Rose
Lachlan O’Gorman

Autism Queensland Parent Carer Award: Stuart Kruger
Special Commendation:
Jodie Towell
David Benson
Peta Hendy

Autism Queensland Professional Achievement Award: Majella Ritchie
Special Commendation:
Jaime Parnell
Casandra Sorenson
Gina Sanders

Autism Queensland School/Community Award: Norfolk Village State School 
Special Commendation:
Coalstoun Lakes State School
Elanora Lakes State School

Autism Queensland Patronage Award: The Residents of Forest Oak Drive
Special Commendation:
Credit Union Australia