- The nominee must have worked for over 10 years in the Community Services Sector in Western Sydney and made an extraordinary impact within the Community Services Sector.
*Abulla Agwa Open or Close
Abulla Agwa is a former Ethiopian refugee and true humanitarian who is now an advocate for thousands of refugees in Australia. Abulla and his family arrived in Australia in 2004 following decades of persecution back home because of his human rights activism. Soon after settling into Western Sydney Abulla enrolled in Community Services at TAFE and began volunteering with the St Vincent De Paul Society.
In 2005, he began working for the Mount Druitt Ethnic Communities Agency (MECA) in Mt Druitt and since 2008 has been a generalist caseworker for SydWest Multicultural Services assisting hundreds of refugees every year to settle successfully into Australian society.
*Warren Gardiner Open or Close
Warren Gardiner has worked in, and for, Western Sydney for much of his life. He is an inspiring individual that has a grounded passion for the communities that he has worked in and is a strong advocate for the people of the Greater Western Sydney Area.
Anh Nguyen Open or Close
Coming from a background of hardship himself, including coming to Australia as a Vietnamese refugee, Anh Nguyen is a remarkable and modest man committed to changing lives for youth at risk across Sydney.
Anh is a dedicated and highly respected local community member who continues to engage with local young people ensuring that they remain on track, even after they have exited programs he delivers. He is passionate about making a difference in the community that he lives - it is not just a job for him.