Nominate Your LGBTI Community Heroes

Is there an LGBTI* community member you admire, or a person or organisation you know that has helped the LGBTI community and deserves to be recognised for their efforts? Then we’re inviting you to shine a light on your community hero at the 2015 Honour Awards

The Honour Awards is an annual gala fundraising event for LGBTI community initiatives supported by leading LGBTI community charity the Aurora Group, and by ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation. Other community partners include Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association, SX and OX Live.

Nominations can be submitted in eight categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and cultural sectors. Nominations are free and can be submitted on the Honour Awards website. Winners receive a range of gifts, and all 28 finalists – as well as the first person who nominates them – receive a free ticket to the gala event. 

Aurora Chair Alison King says the Honour Awards provides a valuable opportunity to pay tribute to people and organisations that are making a difference in the lives of LGBTI people in NSW. “The Honour Awards are all about celebrating how people from all walks of life are helping or inspiring others in our community,” Ms King says. “So we’re inviting community members to nominate people or organisations they feel have provided leadership or achieved outstanding success within the LGBTI community or have provided excellent service or made a significant contribution to the LGBTI community.”

ACON President Mark Orr says the Honour Awards are about recognising and celebrating all kinds of achievements and contributions. “Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small.

“As a community, it’s important that we celebrate our unsung heroes as well as our more high profile achievers, so we’re keen to hear about people and organisations that have made a difference in the lives of only a few people as well those whose contributions are more wide-ranging. They can be people or organisations who directly help others, whose work is improving the wellbeing of our community, or whose achievements are inspiring people in our community.” 

This year’s awards will be presented at a gala ceremony and cocktail party at The Ivy Ballroom in Sydney on Wednesday 30 September. Four finalists from each category will join a host of government, media, entertainment and community personalities for a fabulous night of celebration. Guests will also be able to bid on $100,000 worth of amazing silent auction items including luxury holidays; jewellery; art; furniture; home wares; and 5-star dining, accommodation and entertainment packages.      

WHAT:         2015 Honour Awards 
WHERE:       Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney
WHEN:         Wednesday 30 September 2015, 6:30pm - 11pm
COST:           $85 per person (inc. quality wines and beers, delicious canapés & entertainment) 

*LGBTI = lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex  
Community Partners: Aurora Group | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association | Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras | SX Magazine | OX Live
Event Partners:  Merivale/Ivy | GLYDE Health 

David Watson

221 Sydney Park Road, Erskineville NSW 2043, Australia

Chief Strategist David Watson is a 20+ year sales and marketing veteran that has worked across different industries with a diverse range of businesses. Prior to launching Strategy Point, David was employed by photo print retailer Momento for over 7 years and in that time was instrumental in growing Momento from startup into a successful brand and service with millions of dollars of annual revenue. This experience provides his clients with unique insights and an unparalleled perspective of photographic consumers, sales and marketing, and maximising business opportunities. David has a Diploma in Strategic Marketing and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Marketing course. He is an associate member of the Australian Marketing Institute, a member of the National Board for the Australian Institute of Professional Photography, and is a member of the advisory board for the Head On Photo Festival. In his spare time David walks his pooch Rosie around Sydney Park, hones his photography, cheers for the Sydney Swans, indulges in reality TV and dreams of overseas holidays. He also supports two organizations that are close to his heart - Twenty10 who provide support for homeless gay and lesbian youth, and Assistance Dogs Australia who provide freedom and independence to people with physical disabilities.