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    Minister for Child Safety
    The Honourable Mike Reynolds

    QUEENSLANDERS RECOGNISED FOR ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION

    Minister for Child Safety
    The Honourable Mike Reynolds

    Thursday, September 07, 2006

    QUEENSLANDERS RECOGNISED FOR ROLE IN CHILD PROTECTION

    Seven child protection professionals and advocates from across Queensland were today recognised for their outstanding efforts in protecting the state’s vulnerable children and young people from abuse and neglect.

    The dedicated child protection professionals and volunteers were announced at the 18th annual Child Protection Week Awards at Parliament House in Brisbane, attended by representatives of key community and government child protection agencies.

    Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds said the awards recognise the innovative and essential work of individuals and organisations in strengthening Queensland’s child protection responses.

    “Each year our society publicly awards actors, television stars, musicians and sportspeople for their achievements,” Mr Reynolds said.

    “While child protection work may not be as glamorous as some of these professions, there is no doubt that it is more heroic and invaluable to vulnerable children, young people and their families,” he said.

    “The Child Protection Week Awards are an important opportunity to publicly recognise the efforts and commitment of child protection workers, who work day-in day-out to keep Queensland children and young people safe.”

    The seven Queenslanders honoured were:

    Professional award – Kala Tasselli, Manager, Operation Kinder Community, Riverview

    Volunteer Award – Mariae Murray, Community Carer, Life Without Barriers, Jimboomba

    Public Sector Award – Dr Judy Williams, Director of Paediatrics, Bundaberg Base Hospital

    Regional Program Award – Pauline Felsman, Manager, TRACC Logan, Out-of-Home Care Services

    Education Initiative Award – Sarah Dooley, the Parenting and Enjoying Teenagers Program, BABI Youth and Family Support, Wynnum

    Youth Participation Award – Daniel McKenzie, CREATE Foundation, Rockhampton

    Research Initiative Award – Jacqui Reed, Western Districts Child Protection Services, Westlake

    Child Protection Week is coordinated nationally by the National Association for Child Abuse and Neglect, and in Queensland by the Child Protection Week Committee, comprising representatives from a range of government and non-government agencies concerned with child protection issues.

    Media Contacts: John Ross 32247081 or David Shankey 32359236