Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott today announced nominations for the 2016 NSW Carers Awards are open.
The NSW Carers Awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the dedication, commitment and valuable contributions of the more than 850,000 unpaid carers across NSW.
Mr Elliott said that one in 10 people in NSW dedicate their time to caring for someone who needs care because of disability, mental illness, a chronic health condition, dementia or ageing.
“The incredible unpaid support given by carers enriches both the lives of others and our entire Baulkham Hills community,” Mr Elliott said.
“If you know someone who cares for others, I would encourage you to nominate them today.”
The 2015 NSW Carer of the Year, Sheila Openshaw, called on members of the community to nominate a carer they know.
“I am passionate about my role as a carer – it has made me more compassionate, understanding and wise,” Mrs Openshaw said.
“Being a carer can be very challenging at times, so it means a lot to me to have been recognised for the contribution I have made.”
This year, 10 awards are available for individuals and organisations to be honoured during Carers Week, which runs from Sunday 16 – Saturday 22 October 2016.
The ten recipients will receive their award at a Carers Week ceremony at Parliament House, where the 2016 NSW Carer of the Year will be announced.
Nominations for the NSW Carers Awards 2016 close on Sunday 10 July 2016 at midnight, and can be made online at www.careforacarer.nsw.gov.au/carersawards.