Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation winners announced

Selfless community members and the creativity of local students was the focus of last night’s Pauline McLeod Awards at Ashfield Civic Centre.

The Pauline McLeod Awards are hosted annually by the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Forum (ERLGATSIF) in a partnership between the councils of Bayside, City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra.

The awards are named after the late Pauline McLeod, an icon in Australian media and entertainment who worked across many platforms to teach and celebrate her First Nation heritage with an Australian audience of all ages. In recent years, the awards have fallen on National Sorry Day, a time to remember those from the Stolen Generations, including Pauline McLeod and her siblings.

The Pauline McLeod Awards include a primary school art competition and community awards for silent achievers who work to promote Reconciliation through selfless acts.

The winning primary school in the Group category last night was Banksmeadow Public School.

The Pauline McLeod Youth Award went to Shauna Lee Withers, a 16-year-old Matraville Sports High School student who mentors the younger students and helps run a school program ‘Kool Kids Club’.

The Pauline McLeod Awards celebrate the communities across all six councils. The hosts are dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and celebrating reconciliation across the region.


Gabrielle (Gai) Smith – Retired volunteer at the Women’s Reconciliation Network

Sarina Solar – Helping support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples entering university

Sherri Longbottom – Major volunteer running the local football club

Phillip Butler – Travels long distances to help educate all Australians on Aboriginal culture

Jackelene Martin – Teaching young people culture such as dance and didgeridoo

Fiona McGrath and Francisca Pena – Parents who have been instrumental in writing a Reconciliation Action Plan for the local school

Sarah Callaghan – Helped establish a ‘Breakfast Fitness Program’ for Aboriginal students to help retention rates

For print ready images and the complete list of award winners, contact the Communications team.

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