Kerrod Trott receiving his award from Teresa Gambaro MP

Kerrod Trott, Editor of the Westender pipped Brisbane Times and 4ZZZ to take out the Community Action Network (CAN) Award for excellence in journalism & social media promoting social inclusion and equality.

The CAN nominees are selected by the community and the winners are decided by a panel of independent community leaders. The Awards recognise those making positive change in inner city Brisbane.

The event was held on Thursday night, 10 July at New Farm Neighbourhood Centre.

According to the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, who opened the event, volunteers contribute $13billion to the QLD economy.

Presenters included Federal Member for Brisbane, Teresa Gambaro; local Member of Parliament, Grace Grace;  and Central Ward Councillor, Vicki Howard.

Other winners:

Outstanding Community Leader, Senior Sargeant Rob Duffner

Outstanding Community Leader, Senior Sargeant Rob Duffner

Senior Sargeant Rob Duffner of QPS Police-Citizens Youth Club in Fortitude Valley – Outstanding Community Leader- The Ron Muir Award
In memory of an amazing community leader, this award is given to the person making a standout contribution over time to the betterment of our community.

Terry Fitzpatrick – Accessibility for All
An award that highlights inclusive service practices or design principles which create spaces and places that everyone can be a part of. Accepting this award of his behalf, Kerrod Trott said Terry Fitzpatrick, “is a tireless worker with people with disabilities – an outstanding community leader.”

Enactus Student Assocciation at QUT, Discover Project – Outstanding Educational Environment
Recognizes the contribution of educational environments in promoting principles of inclusion and the appreciation and acceptance of diversity.

Jim D’arcy – the Big Issue – Volunteering in the Community
Commendation for the valuable contribution made to the community by volunteers.

Homemaker The Valley – Corporate Social Responsibility
Recognises businesses demonstrating social justice principles and creating positive inclusive communities.

Youth Advocacy Centre – Community Organisation
An award for outstanding work by a community organization.

Roman Spur & Spurtopia – Environment and Sustainability
Celebrating the work of those who are working towards keeping inner-Brisbane green and flourishing into the future.

Knitting for Brisbane’s Needy – Community Spirit
People of all ages make a difference in the local community; an encouragement award for a job well done.

Work it Out Program – Institute for Urban Indigenous Health – Closing the Gap
This award recognizes outstanding achievement in improving the lives of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the areas of health, education, housing or community access.

Phil Browne LGBTIQ Action – LGBTIQ
An award celebrating the leaders and helpers in our inner city Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community.