Finalists announced for GLOBE Community Awards

Team Melbourne Sports DayGLOBE Melbourne have announced the finalists for the GLOBE Community Awards with less than three weeks until the gala event at the Myer Mural Hall on Friday 17 October. Community groups, politicians, journalists and even an AFL footballer have made the list of 31 finalists across ten categories.

GLOBE President David Micallef is elated with the list of finalists: “Seeing the calibre of the finalists is just amazing. We couldn’t have asked for a better list of candidates for our inaugural Community Awards,” says David.

“To see our community standing up to be recognized, along with community groups, businesses, politicians, journalists and even an AFL footballer, it is a great feeling. It just shows how amazing our community is and I’m glad we are here to help recognise them.”

The GLOBE Community Awards finalists are:

A Healthy Community:
– Living Positive Victoria for the ENUF Campaign
– Team Melbourne’s Midsumma Sports Day
– Victorian Aids Council for their Young & Gay Group

Networking the GLBTI Community:
– Joy 94.9 for their Taste of Radio Program
– Team Melbourne for the GLBTIQ Sports Club Engagement Initiative

Excellence in Business:
– Botanics of Melbourne
– Hares & Hyenas
– Pink Media Group

Protecting Our Community:
– Dean Beck and Nathan Despott for Inside Ex-Gay: The Naked Truth
– Human Rights Law Centre and the Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
– Victorian AIDS Council in partnership with Living Positive Victoria for the Repeal of section 19A of the Crimes Act (HIV transmission)

Media Excellence:
– Dean Beck (Joy 94.9)
Rachel Cook (Melbourne Community Voice)
– Luke Williams (Freelance Journalist)

Artist of the Year – sponsored by The Cullen Hotel:
– Dolly Diamond
– Aviva Minc
– James Welsby

Straight Ally of the Year – sponsored by Melbourne Community Voice:
– Michelle Barber (Joy Radio Host and Stage Producer)
– Brock McLean (AFL Footballer)
– Clem Newton-Brown (Politician)
– Jill Stark (Journalist)

Volunteer of the Year:
– Dean Beck (Joy 94.9)
– Sammi Whitehead (Joy 94.9)
– Clayton Wimshurst (Victorian AIDS Council)

Sports Person of the Year – sponsored by the AFL:
– Sarah Calati (Wheelchair Tennis Player)
– Sarah Calati (Wheelchair Tennis Player)
– John Marriott (Glamourhead Sharks Aquatics)
– Rodney Peacock (Melbourne 69ers)

Victorian GLBTI Person of the Year:
– Anna Brown
– Don Hay
– Daniel Witthaus

GLOBE thanked all those who nominated to be recognised for their work. Every entry was of an exceptionally high standard. They also thanked the hard-working judges Farrah Tomazin and Emma Page Campbell, along with review judge The Hon Michael Kirby, who devoted their time over the past weeks to narrow down the nominees.

The GLOBE Community Awards will be held on Friday 17 October 2014. For more information, visit: for details.

Image: Team Melbourne Midsumma Sports Day – courtesy of GLOBE Melbourne