Building Community07 May 2019

Local talent recognised in WA Day Awards

Minderoo congratulates the leaders of some of its arts and community partners, who have been nominated for the West Australian of the Year Awards 2019.

Challis Early Childhood Centre
Challis Community Primary School in Armadale has endeavoured to reduce the disadvantage that occurs before children begin school. Photo Credit: Challis Early Childhood Centre.

An impressive selection of WA innovators and leaders have been nominated for the annual WA Day Awards. Among them are Bourby Webster and Jessica Gethin from Perth Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Lee Musumeci, Principal of Challis Community Primary School (Challis).

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.

More information on the awards and a full list of the nominees is available here.

Nina Derbyshire
by Nina Derbyshire
Nina supports Minderoo Foundation, particularly the Building Communities portfolio, in monitoring and evaluating the outcomes of our investments and partnerships. Her background in project co-ordination across a range of industries brings operational expertise to this role.
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