2018 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Awards finalists announced!

Tuesday 30 October 2018

Photo: (top left to right) Alex Greenwich, Catia Malaquias, (bottom left to right) Natalie Lewis, Ramdas Sankaran and Annabelle Daniel.


Finalists for the 2018 Tony Fitzgerald Memorial Community Individual Award have been named, with the winner to be announced at the annual Human Rights Awards gala event on Friday, 14 December at Sydney’s Westin Hotel.

This category is an important opportunity for our nation to recognise individuals who help people overcome discrimination and improve their quality of life.

“We can never underestimate the dedication these outstanding Australians make to improve our nation. Nor can we ignore the difference that they make,” said Commission President, Rosalind Croucher.

The finalists are:

Alex Greenwich
Alex has spent over a decade campaigning for marriage equality and equal rights for LGBTI+ Australians.  He was one of the key voices in the YES campaign, most notably in public roles as a National Convenor, board member and Co-Chair of the Australian Marriage Equality organisation. Alex has made a significant contribution to an historic outcome for Australia’s LGBTI+ community. 

Annabelle Daniel
With more than 20 years’ experience in advancing human rights for women and children, Annabelle has played a pivotal role in establishing shelters for women and children escaping violence and homelessness. She is the CEO of Women’s Community Shelters which already has six shelters in NSW and another two expected to be up-and-running before the year’s end.

Catia Malaquias
Outside of her day-job as a lawyer, and as a parent of a child with disability, Catia is a committed advocate for people with disability and has an impressive record in promoting their human rights in Australia and internationally. In 2016 she co-founded All Means All - The Australian Alliance for Inclusive Education (AMA), developing strategies to help people with disability access education.

Ramdas Sankaran OAM
For more than 35 years, Ramdas has been devoted to removing discrimination in areas including race, asylum seekers and refugees, gender, the LGBTI+ community and Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders.  Ramdas leads the  Multicultural Services Centre of WA (ECCWA), as well as the Ethnic Communities  Council of WA and is recognised for his role in protecting the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

Natalie Lewis
Natalie is a Gamilaraay yinar (woman) who consistently demonstrates leadership and commitment to advancing the rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, particularly in the areas of youth justice and child protection. She holds a range of leadership roles in the protection of women and children, including CEO of the QLD Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak.

Join us at the 2018 Human Rights Awards in Sydney on Friday 14 December.

Tickets are on sale now! https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/tickets