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Friday, 28 October 2016 11:52

OLSH sister recognised for her work in the Northern Territory

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Sr Anne Gardiner olshSister Anne Gardiner olsh AM was among four finalists nominated for the 2017 Northern Territory Senior Australian of the Year.

The NT Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero Award recipients will be announced on Wednesday 2 November 2016 at the Darwin Convention Centre in Darwin.

The NT Award recipients will then join recipients from all other States and Territories as finalists for the national awards, which will be held in Canberra on 25 January 2017.

National Australia Day Council CEO, Mr Chris Kirby, said the Northern Territory Award finalists are among 131 great Australians being recognised as State and Territory finalists in the Australian of the Year Awards.

Sr Anne's nomination provides this description of her work:

As a 22-year-old member of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Sister Anne Gardiner was asked to move to Bathurst Island to live among the Tiwi people. In the 62 years since, Sr Anne has devoted her life to enriching community, enhancing opportunity and supporting the Tiwi culture. An advocate of peace, love and the traditional Tiwi way of life, Sr Anne has worked tirelessly to document and preserve the Tiwi language for future generations. The Principal of the local primary school, Sr Anne has educated generations of children while also establishing community clubs, from mothers’ groups to Little Athletics. She runs regular prayer meetings, founded an op shop and established a café to raise funds to support her much-loved community. Sr Anne’s museum shares valuable stories and traditional customs, while also bringing financial benefit to the people. The cornerstone of the community, Sr Anne has earned an enduring place in the hearts of the Tiwi people.

(Photo of Sr Anne from the Australian of the Year Awards website.)

Editor's note: Read the announcement on the NT Australian of the Year Awards 2016 here.

Read more from this report published on 20 October 2016 on the website of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

Read the related story, "Sr Anne Gardiner OLSH in Current News- Twice" from the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.