The annual Mardi Gras season in Sydney may be over, but the hard work and dedication of the thousands of volunteers and participants were acknowledged yesterday at a stunning ceremony at the Star City Sky Terrace.
Fair Day, Parade and Volunteers were acknowledged across the board with so many people coming together to create what has been an incredibly successful season. However, some stood out and were given awards for their outstanding contribution to the events.
The winners were:
FAIR DAY AWARDS
Best Commercial Food Stall: Berlin Bangers
Best Commercial Stall: University of Sydney
Best Community Stall: The Gender Centre
Fair Day Stall of the Year: Uniting
Best Choreography: Glamcocks
Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume: The Force of Love
Best Float Design: Poof Doof
Best Individual or Small Group: Wonder Mama and Friends
Northern Territory Hepititis and AIDS Council/Departure Lounge
Sydney Queer Irish
Sydney Trans Pride
The Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry: Oceania Rainbow Network
Award for Excellence in Innovation: This award goes to the person whose innovative thinking solved problems and provided new ways of working that contributed to the overall success of an event. This year’s Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to Alan O’Riordan and Rick Stone.
Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award goes to the person whose behavior, attitude and performance demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, initiative and professionalism. This year’s Award for Excellence in Leadership goes to Kim Williams.
Award for Excellence in Service: This award goes to the person whose work throughout the season was diligent, reliable and selfless – someone that has gone above and beyond. This year’s Award for Excellence in Service goes to Adrian Hinder.
Award for Excellence in Teamwork: This award goes to the person who displayed a high level of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit in order to achieve excellent outcomes for everyone. This year’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork goes to Louis Hudson.
ICARE award: This award goes to the person whose conduct and attitude embody the organisation values of integrity, creativity, accountability, respect and equity. This year’s ICARE award goes to Laura Fazzolari.
Volunteer of the Year: This award is given to the most outstanding volunteer of the season. He’s been volunteering for 17 years, and has been the registrations manager for the last 10 years. The recipient of this award has shown leadership, teamwork and innovation, embodying every one of the organisation’s values. In the nominations he was described as an all-in-caps ‘SUPERSTAR’! 2017’s Mardi Gras Volunteer of the Year is Daniel Lester.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding service over many years to SGLMG and the community. They may have served on a Board, volunteered or worked for or have been engaged by Mardi Gras and provided consistent service and made a significant contribution over many years. They are always ready and willing to support the organisation and have demonstrated our values, leadership and have been a role model and fine example to others.
This year we honour one recipient who is worthy of this recognition and Award. Her stunning photography across every Mardi Gras season for 15 years has truly captured the diversity, fabulousity, pride and passion of our festival. The scale of what she achieves in documenting our communities – our highs and lows, triumphs and disasters – is immense. A simple Google search of her name + Mardi Gras provides links to 13,200 search results!
Our Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 is awarded to Ann-Marie Calilhanna.
Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and participants.
You can join the official MArdi Gras group on Guidetogay.com here.