To coincide with NAIDOC week, the City of Fremantle has opened nominations for the 2022 Sealin Garlett Community Leadership Award.
The award honours the late Reverend Sealin Garlett, who was an outstanding contributor towards reconciliation both to the Nyoongar community and non-Aboriginal community of Perth.
The City of Fremantle created the award in collaboration with the Walyalup Reconciliation Action Plan Working Group to celebrate the achievements of a community member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions in reconciliation and community leadership.
Last year the award was presented to Roni Forrest for her contribution to Aboriginal education as the coordinator of the Future Footprints Program at the Association of Independent Schools WA, while the inaugural winner was Fremantle Indigenous Action Group leader Marie Thorne.
Mayor Hannah Fitzhardinge said the Sealin Garlett Award was an important way to recognise the achievements of Fremantle’s Aboriginal leaders.
“There are so many people in Fremantle who dedicate so much time and effort to supporting their community and raising awareness of Aboriginal heritage and culture,” Mayor Fitzhardinge said.
“It’s really important to acknowledge that effort and hopefully inspire other emerging leaders to follow in their footsteps.
“I encourage anyone who knows someone who has made an outstanding contribution to reconciliation and community leadership to nominate them for this award.”
To be eligible for the Sealin Garlett Award, the person nominated must be of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent; connected to the City of Fremantle by volunteering, residing, working or studying within the City; and have demonstrated achievements in community leadership and reconciliation.
Nominations for the 2022 Sealin Garlett Community Leadership Award close on 10 October.