CELEBRATION: Spinal Life Australia Board member, Des Ryan, Del Childs (Cairns), Spinal Life Australia Chairman, Alan Ashford, Sandi Small (Rockhampton), Wendy Adams (Toowoomba), Robin Meredith-Bramwell (Toowoomba), Pat Allison (Bundaberg)(back from left): Cathy Newman (Sunshine Coast), John MacPherson (Brisbane), Mr Ian Chill (Cairns), His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Spinal Life Australia CEO Michael Powell, Mrs Shirley Snell, Spinal Life Australia Chief Advisor, Mr John Mayo (Absent: Andrew Briggs (Charters Towers), Ms Zita Mullins (Brisbane).
CELEBRATION: Spinal Life Australia Board member, Des Ryan, Del Childs (Cairns), Spinal Life Australia Chairman, Alan Ashford, Sandi Small (Rockhampton), Wendy Adams (Toowoomba), Robin Meredith-Bramwell (Toowoomba), Pat Allison (Bundaberg)(back from left): Cathy Newman (Sunshine Coast), John MacPherson (Brisbane), Mr Ian Chill (Cairns), His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Spinal Life Australia CEO Michael Powell, Mrs Shirley Snell, Spinal Life Australia Chief Advisor, Mr John Mayo (Absent: Andrew Briggs (Charters Towers), Ms Zita Mullins (Brisbane). Contributed

Rockhampton women awarded for her commitment to the spinal community

IN celebration of International Day of People with Disability, Rockhampton's Sandi Small was one of five North Queenslanders to be recognised for their efforts at making the communities in which they live more inclusive for people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities.

The Governor of Queensland, His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC hosted an afternoon tea at Government House in Brisbane last week to coincide with the International Day of People with Disability, 3 December, 2016.

The event, held in collaboration with Spinal Life Australia, awarded a total of 11 people from across Queensland for their efforts in breaking down disability barriers in their local communities.

Spinal Life Australia's CEO Michael Powell said, "These people have continuously gone above and beyond to advocate for access and inclusion in their local communities.

"The organisation is very appreciative of the continued efforts to help others participate more fully in their communities and build strong local networks of support."

Members who were recognised for their achievements we also awarded Honorary Life Memberships to Spinal Life Australia.

Spinal Life Australia encourages family and friends of people living with disability to join the already strong 1200 members across Queensland, to continue the efforts of making Queensland accessible and inclusive for all.



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