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2019 Creative Futures Recognition Award winners announced

3rd December, 2019

The Autism Queensland’s 2019 Creative Futures Recognition Awards were presented today by the Governor of Queensland and Autism Queensland Patron, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC.

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.

The 2019 Awards were presented in five categories. Winners and special commendations were presented to finalists at the morning tea event hosted by His Excellency and Mrs Kate de Jersey at Government House Brisbane.

The Individual Achievement Award was presented to Year 11 student Joshua Bogaart from Springfield. Joshua, who was nominated by his teacher in recognition of his hard work and diligence at school, has a diagnosis of intellectual impairment and autism spectrum disorder. He is determined to become the first person in his family to complete Year 12 and achieve his QCE. Special commendations were awarded to 9-year old Lakoda Trousdell, Maryborough, and Anita Rossiter, Hidden Valley.

Morayfield mother Freya Pinney was presented the Parent/Carer Award following nomination by her son Dominic in recognition of the support she provides him to help him cope with and achieve at school. “I think she is the best mum for kids with autism like me,” wrote 10-year old Dominic in his nomination along with many other attributes he felt she should be recognised for. Special commendations were awarded to Corrine Herbu-Louise, Russell Island and Laura Lewis, Wynnum.

Autism Matters business owner and autism advocate Joanne O’Brien from Sunnybank was presented the Professional Achievement Award for her professional and personal support of families seeking to access the NDIS. Joanne and her child are both on the autism spectrum. Bonnie Goullet, a school teacher from Chinchilla High School received a Special Commendation.

FuturePros Tennis Academy owners A’Lysse Linder-Thompson and Kiel Linder were presented the School/Community Award for their Jimboomba tennis coaching business in recognition of the support they offer to students on the spectrum and with other disabilities. Autism Queensland received nominations for the school from 10 families keen to see the outcomes they have helped their children achieve. The Queensland Museum & Sciencentre and Catholic Education Services – Diocese of Cairns received special commendations for their support of individuals on the autism spectrum.

Artist Martin Edge was presented the Patronage Award in recognition of his continued support of Autism Queensland over many years. Martin is a former student of the AQ School. His latest partnership has involved sharing his artwork for use on a series of special edition jute bags sold to raise funds for Autism Queensland. Warner Bros Movie World and Rockhampton parent Kyrsten Latonero were presented with Special Commendations.  

Special thanks to all finalists who were able to attend the event, some travelling many miles to do do. We also acknowledge the many people who submitted nominations.

Pictured: 2019 Creative Futures Recognition Awards winners with His Excellency (centre), Autism Queensland Chair Ian Langdon (centre left), and Autism Queensland CEO Pam Macrossan (back far right).