Saturday evening was a night of excitement and celebration as over 500 dignitaries and guests paid tribute to the people and programs dedicating their time to protecting children and young people from harm and building safe communities in Western Australia.
Nine awards were presented throughout the night recognising achievements of volunteers, employees, emergency services, educators and carers, local and state government, corporate partnerships, and community programs in both metropolitan and regional Western Australia.
From these nine winners, the recipient of The Constable Care Child Safety Award of the Year 2014 was selected and, for the first time in the award program’s three year history, an individual received the prestigious award – Tanya Dupagne from Shire of Kulin’s Camp Kulin Program.
The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation CEO David Gribble extended his congratulations to all winners and finalists:
“It has been an honour to pay tribute to the local heroes, the quiet achievers, and the organisations who work tirelessly to protect the innocent and the most vulnerable members of our society."
“The selflessness and dedication shown is an inspiration to all Western Australians and as a state we are incredibly lucky to have these remarkable people.”
The black-tie event was held at Crown Perth’s Grand Ballroom, and hosted by Deborah Kennedy and Rick Arden. Dignitaries attending the evening included His Excellency The Honourable Wayne Martin AC, The Honourable Liza Harvey MLA, The Honourable Peter Collier MLC, and The Honourable Helen Morton MLC.
In addition to celebrating the endeavours of these remarkable people, there was another very special presentation made during the night to recognise The Constable Care Child Safety Foundation’s 25th anniversary year. In true Constable Care Style, Constable Care himself took to the stage to the tune of the James Bond theme song where WA Police Commissioner Karl O’Callaghan APM formally recognised a quarter century of diligent and ethical service to the WA Community by presenting an official 25 year Service Medal.
The night’s entertainment was kicked off with local performers from STEPS Youth Dance Company, which was followed by two incredible vocal soloists performed by Sheena Soterana and Rhea Cosico from Lakeland Senior High School’s Specialist Music Technology Program. It was Rhea’s second year performing at the awards and her second year that her performance yielded a standing ovation for the year 11 student. The night was concluded with international hit show Boys In The Band. The handsome trio had everyone up and dancing, a perfect end to an evening of celebration for Western Australia’s child safety champions.
The 2014 Constable Care Child Safety Award Category Winners:
Constable Care Child Safety Award of the Year 2014
Tanya Dupagne from Camp Kulin
WA Child Safety Education & Care Award
Edmund Rice Camps WA for Child Protection Reporting Protocol
WA Local Government Child Safety Award
Shire of Kulin for the Camp Kulin Program
WA Government Department & Agency Child Safety Award
Department of Health for the Royal Perth Hospital P.A.R.T.Y Program
WA Child Safety Regional & Remote Program Award
Burringurrah Local Drug Action Group for the Boss Of My Body Program
WA Police & Emergency Services Child Safety Award
Sergeant Richard Wells, WA Police
WA Child Safety Metropolitan Program Award
Save the Children (Australia) for the One Step Closer Program
WA Child Safety Volunteer Award
Mark Gubanyi from Royal Life Saving Society of Western Australia
WA Child Safety Corporate Partnership Award
Datacom Systems WA for its partnership with Parkerville Children and Youth Care
WA Child Safety Employee Award
Tanya Dupagne from Camp Kulin