THIS year’s Reconciliation Awards ceremony held yesterday morning was a huge success, according to Moree Reconciliation Group chair Glen Crump.
About 100 people gathered at Pius X to support community groups, organisations and iconic members of our community.
“It was a really great morning; our special guest speaker spoke very well about the importance of education and reconciliation in small communities,” Mr Crump said.
Mr Crump said a few recipients were surprised to receive the award.
With 125 nominations, he said the judges had a difficult time naming the winners with the panel still in deliberation just days before the event.
“There were a lot of businesses or individuals who were nominated that were worthy recipients,” Mr Crump said.
With the awards ceremony continuing to grow each year, a different venue may be on the cards for next year.
Mr Crump said he would like to thank all the sponsors who made the event possible.
The winners were as
• Aboriginal Citizen of the Year:
Winner - Gail Sampson
Runner-up - Jillian Cain
• Non Aboriginal Citizen of the Year:
Winner - Miles Berghan
Runner-up - Janelle Boyd
• Business of the Year:
Winner - Café Gali
Runner up - Gwydir Industries
• Aboriginal Youth of the Year:
Winner - James Smith
Runner-up - Robert Kennedy
• Community Group or Organisation of the Year:
Winner - Aboriginal Health
Runner-up - Aboriginal Infant Maternal Health Project
• Aboriginal Elder of the Year:
Runner-up - Peter Duncan
• Non Aboriginal Elder of the Year:
Winner - Fr Paul McCabe
Runner-up - Ron Harborne
• Non-Aboriginal youth of the year:
Winner - Alex Noble.
Runner-up - Sandra Ha.