• Mary Porter

Mary Porter AM (Retired MLA)

Labor Member for Ginninderra in the ACT Government from 2004 until retirement, Feb 2016

ACT Volunteer of the Year 2006

    From the Porter Report July 2006 - ACT Volunteer of the Year 2006

    Ian Morison - ACT Volunteer of the Year 2006: Ian Morison has been named in recognition of his 25 years of work in Canberra with the Mental Health Fellowship.Ian Morison - ACT Volunteer of the Year 2006: Ian Morison has been named in recognition of his 25 years of work in Canberra with the Mental Health Fellowship. Ian Morison has been named ACT Volunteer of the Year 2006 in recognition of his 25 years of work in Canberra with the Mental Health Fellowship.

    “With one in five suffering from a mental illness it’s important that the community works to de-stigmatise mental illness. The work that Ian has done, over more than 2 decades, has helped us all in recognising that mental illness is a health issue,” Mary said. “This Award is due recognition of his hard work.”

    Since joining the Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship 25 years ago Mr Morison has work tirelessly to help change negative attitudes towards people with a mental illness, and to develop new ways of supporting people suffering from a mental disability.

    Sharon Sobey - Young Person of the Year 2006: At the ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards 2006 Sharon Sobey was named the Young Person of the Year.Sharon Sobey - Young Person of the Year 2006: At the ACT Volunteer of the Year Awards 2006 Sharon Sobey was named the Young Person of the Year. Through his dedication, professional experience and passion Mr Morison has helped to establish and maintain many successful programs to support people living with a mental illness as well as their families and networks.

    Mr Morison was a driving force behind the establishment of the ACT Mental Health Association, served for five years as the President of Canberra Schizophrenia Fellowship and played a leading role in developing “WorkWays” a non profit employment Agency.

    Also recognised for their outstanding voluntary service was David Hobson (Sport and Recreation), Michael Blaseotto (Emergency Services), Helen Mobbs (Arts and Heritage), Lius Bonilla (Education, Science and Technology), Jack Cook and Norris O’Leary (Community Service), Jennie Widdowson (Environment), Andrew White (Under Twenty Five) with a special commendation to Ikebal Patel (Community.)

    “I established these Awards in 1990 and I’m very proud to see how they have grown,” Mary said. “It is very important that we appropriately recognise the people in our community who contribute so much and help make Canberra such a great community to live.”

    Sharon Sobey was awarded the Young Person of the Year Award .