PSO and Challis’s Early Learning Centre are two of The Minderoo Foundation’s WA arts and community partners.
The Western Australian of the Year Awards recognise and celebrate individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our state. The awards are presented in seven categories: Aboriginal Award, Arts & Culture Award, Business Award, Community Award, Professions Award, Sport Award, and Youth Award.
Bourby Webster, Founder and CEO of Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO), and Jessica Gethin Chief Conductor and Artistic Director (PSO), are both finalists in the Arts and Culture category. PSO was founded in 2011 and since its inception has aspired to make world-class musical experiences available to everyone. Whether it’s encouraging women to take up conducting roles or making music more accessible in the regions, PSO consistently challenges orchestral traditions.
The Minderoo Foundation has supported PSO as a primary partner since 2016 and has witnessed the ensemble gain recognition as an arts maverick within the WA classical arts community.
The Arts and Culture Award is presented in celebration of excellence in achievement and/or significant contribution at a state, national or international level to the development, promotion and profiling of arts and culture disciplines in Western Australia.
Lee Musumeci, Principal of Challis, is a finalist in the Community Award category. Ms Musumeci has been working at Challis for 13 years and has set a new standard in early education for children. The school has endeavoured to reduce the disadvantage that occurs before children begin school. Minderoo Foundation has supported Challis since 2012 to deliver its Parenting and Early Learning Centre and provide early intervention and school readiness programs.
The Community Award is presented in celebration of excellence in commitment to, and contribution towards, improving the quality of lives in the Western Australian community, at a state, national or international level.
Winners of each of the seven categories will be awarded at a gala dinner on 31st May, with one finalist then announced as the overall West Australian of the Year.