WHAT A DAY!
The National Disability Leadership Awards took place yesterday, and SL&RR had a couple of nominations –– the SL&RR program in the ‘Inclusion Award’ category, and Janice Slattery for the ‘Leslie Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement’. With much excitement, we can tell you … both won!
INCLUSION AWARD – HOORAY SL&RR!
Deakin University’s Sexual Lives and Respectful Relationships (SL&RR) LGBTIQ+ program was nominated for and won the Inclusion Award. The selection process examined a project’s “designing processes, systems or programs which illustrate the diversity of disabled people as equal contributors to achieving outcomes”. SL&RR’s nomination, supported by PRIDEVIC and South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault and Family Violence (SECASA), recognised the LGBITQ+ program as an outstanding inclusion program. The award was presented by Damian Griffis, CEO of the First People’s Disability Network (FPDN). Accepting on behalf of SL&RR, project lead Dr Amie O’Shea said, “This project is an example that you don’t need a lot of money to do something good––you just need great people.”
LESLIE HALL AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT – HOORAY JANICE!
Janice Slattery was nominated for and won the Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement. An outstanding member of the SL&RR community, Janice has been a tireless and committed advocate for and with people with intellectual disability for over 30 years. The SL&RR program honours Janice through The SL&RR Janice Slattery Award, founded in 2018; awarded to a Peer Educator or Program Partner who has shown outstanding contribution to the work of their SL&RR site. Put forward by Associate Professor Patsie Frawley, Janice’s nomination was also supported by Deakin University Hon Professor Kelley Johnson and SL&RR Peer Educator Linda Stokoe. In her letter of support for Janice, Linda spoke of how Janice “has inspired [her] to do things around leadership”. Throughout her long career as an advocate and self-advocate, Janice has been an invaluable and admirable contributor to women’s health for the disability community; to various programs; and to research. Of her own work, Janice says she “has enjoyed [her] time [on various projects] over the years” and that she “was just happy to be a part of the team”. Janice’s positive impact on her community, recognised in the award, speaks volumes of her commitment and valuable lifetime contribution.