Preparing for the Community Sector Ball and awards night, from left to right, Keslet Cohen, Dermot Ryan, Liina Flynn, Linda Lomman and Jenny Dowell.
Preparing for the Community Sector Ball and awards night, from left to right, Keslet Cohen, Dermot Ryan, Liina Flynn, Linda Lomman and Jenny Dowell. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Recognising our unsung local heroes

LISMORE mayor Jenny Dowell and members of the Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) were dressed to dazzle this week.

They were at NRSDC in Lismore promoting the Community Sector Ball and Service Awards to be held at Byron Bay Community Centre on November 5.

The awards recognise unsung heroes who work tirelessly in the community sector from Tweed Heads to the Clarence Valley.

"Too often these workers have their head down doing their job and don't have the chance to have fun," Ms Dowell said.

"This is their chance to get recognition and to have some fun."

The health and community service sector is the second largest employer in the Northern Rivers and the fastest growing.

NRSDC communications officer Liina Flynn said the awards night is a way of drawing public and government attention to the sector's increasing needs.

Eight awards will be given out on the night, including Most Inspirational, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, Social Service Superhero and Best Dressed.

Ladies don't have to burst their budget on a pricey designer ball gown for the occasion either.

"We're all dressed by local op-shops," Ms Dowell said at NRSDC headquarters yesterday.

"I paid three dollars for this one."

A former President of NRSDC, Ms Dowell will also be one of several high-profile judges attending the Byron Bay ball.

Other judges include Member for Page Janelle Saffin and chairperson of Regional Development Australia Northern Rivers Ian Tiley. Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham will host the event.

Ms Flynn urged people to get their most dashing outfits on and come to what will be a fun-filled night of food, live music, dancing and awards.

If you would like to nominate someone who works in the community sector for an award you can download a nomination form from www.norpa.org.au/ball.

Tickets for the ball cost $28, $23 concession, and can be snapped-up from byroncentre.com.au.



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