WINNING awards doesn't come easily to some people. Especially to someone who calls themself a "shy, retiring" type. For Darlene Cook, financial administrator of Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre (NRCLC), winning an award at last year's first Community Sector Ball and Awards Night came as a "bit of a shock". Her workmates at NRCLC nominated her for the 'Centre of The Universe' - an award that recognises the contribution made to communities by a community-based, not-for-profit group or team in the Northern Rivers.
With nominations now open for the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards, Darlene wants to encourage people to start thinking about a community service worker they would like to see nominated for one of the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards.
This is the one time of year that community sector workers from Grafton to Tweed Heads are recognised and celebrated for the work they do in helping people in our communities. These volunteers and workers help thousands of people every day, yet receive little recognition for their work providing care, assistance, support and advocacy for many people in our community who face hardship.
Nominations close on October 19, and award winners will be announced at the 2012 Community Sector Ball and Awards Night on November 10, at Byron Community Centre. There will be also a prize for the best dressed at the ball and everyone is encouraged to come dressed in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' theme outfit.
For more information on the awards, to download a nomination form or buy tickets to the event visit www.nrsdc.org.au/ball or phone Tony Davies, CEO, Northern Rivers Social Development Council on 6620 1808.
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