Nominations invited to recognise those making the world a better place through ECEC

Nominations invited to recognise those making the world a better place through ECEC

by Freya Lucas

October 27, 2021

Nominations are being invited for the Pro Bono Australia’s 2022 Impact 25 Awards from the broader community to help recognise those who are shaping the world to be a better place, including through their work in early childhood education and care (ECEC). 

 

The awards recognise the year’s most influential people from across the entire social economy – including from charities and not for profits, philanthropists, social entrepreneurs, impact investors and those in the corporate world doing good.

 

Social sector leaders, Pro Bono Australia Founder and CEO Karen Mahlab AM said, often don’t get the recognition they deserve.

 

“2021 has been another difficult year, shaped by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns. But throughout, motivated, passionate and determined people in our communities have continued to work in the face of it all,” Ms Mahlab said.

 

“This extraordinary work often goes unnoticed and unthanked, which is why it is so vital to recognise their positive influence through the Impact 25 Awards.

 

“I encourage everyone to nominate people they know who are making the world a better place so we can celebrate their years of achievement.”

 

Previous Impact 25 winners include Australian Council of Social Service CEO Dr Cassandra Goldie, Blue Knot Foundation President Dr Cathy Kezelman AM, and Anglicare Victoria CEO Paul McDonald. 

 

“The people who do this work don’t do it to seek accolades. They’re the sort of people who just get on with it very quietly,” previous winner Greg Mullins said.

 

“And I think it’s a great thing that there’s this framework for people to nominate the unsung heroes out there. We know there’s so much great work going on and it’s wonderful to see it recognised.” 

 

Due to the overwhelming number of nominations received in recent years, Pro Bono Australia will curate a list of 150 nominees from the pool of nominations to present to the public for voting.

 

The 25 nominees with the most votes will be crowned the 2022 Impact 25 Award winners.

 

From these winners, a panel of judges will also choose a winner for each of these categories: Innovator, Influencer, and Collaborator. 

 

Nominations will close on 3 November. For more information please see here.

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