Alumni Achiever Awards 2020

UPDATE: As a result of the ever-evolving COVID-19 crisis, and in light of the government’s ban on non-essential gatherings, we have made the responsible yet difficult decision to cancel our 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner & Alumni Achiever Awards on May 23, 2020. We plan to hold the event in 2021, at a date to be confirmed. This was after considering all available options. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable nature of this pandemic, we cannot confidently estimate a safe time to reschedule. All nominations made towards the Alumni Achievers Awards will be carried over to next year and those nominees have been notified. We are of course extremely disappointed to be cancelling this historically significant celebration for The Shepherd Centre, the health and safety of our families, our supporters and our staff ultimately remains our highest priority. We appreciate and understand that our supporters will be disappointed and saddened by this news. Our 50th Anniversary Gala & Alumni Achiever Awards were intended to be a joyous celebration for everyone who has helped make The Shepherd Centre the very special organisation it is today. The Gala & Awards had been one of our most significant fundraising opportunities for 2020, so the impact of its cancellation cannot be underestimated. In order to continue to raise the funds necessary to ensure we can continue to offer our services to our families, we need the help of our supporters now more than ever. For this reason, if you have the capacity to support The Shepherd Centre, we ask that you donate to our emergency appeal, helping ensure that all of our families can access our services online: For all other enquiries about the gala, email our friendly fundraising team on: [email protected]

Following the success of the inaugural Alumni Achiever Awards in 2019, the awards return in 2020. 

The awards will be presented and celebrated at The Shepherd Centre’s 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23rd May 2020 at Doltone House, Darling Island. 

To nominate yourself or a fellow alumni, please fill in the nomination form below. Nominations close on Tuesday 31st March at midnight.

All finalists will receive a free ticket to the gala for themselves and a guest.

Historically, we have acknowledged the achievements of our Alumni at our annual graduation ceremonies honouring a Junior and Senior graduate of the year. 

As the number of Alumni connections continue to grow, we are hearing more and more amazing success stories in the classroom, workplaces and sporting fields along with personal achievements and attaining milestones that they never dreamed were possible. 

Award Categories

Dr Bruce & Annette Shepherd Oration Award

This award recognises the outstanding achievements made by a Shepherd Centre Alumni.  The award will be presented to an Alumnus who despite facing difficult obstacles and challenges during their journey to learn to listen and speak, has excelled in their chosen field/education or gone above and beyond to support others, acting as an ambassador for hearing loss. Nominees for this award are required to submit a 2 minute speech (max 390 words) about their journey with hearing loss and their hopes for future generations of children born with hearing loss.

Voice of the Future Award 

This award recognises and rewards a young Alumnus (aged between 12 and 30 years old) who has shown strong leadership skills and potential. The recipient will have inspired others to engage in a cause or issues close to their heart to make a difference in their school, workplace or within their community and beyond.

The Award for Excellence

This award celebrates an Alumnus who has excelled in their chosen field, whether that be technology, design, creativity, research or sport. The award is an acknowledgement of their vision for the future. 

The Award for Advocacy and Support

This special award recognizes the special efforts of an individual, family member, group or organisation who have gone above and beyond to advocate for The Shepherd Centre and/or an individual/ individuals who have been through our program.    

Champion of Ability Award sponsored by Cochlear

This recognises the accomplishments and contributions of a Graduate of The Shepherd Centre (aged between 18 and 35 years old) whose incredible efforts to both publically and privately advocate for themselves and other Cochlear Implant recipients have made an impact in their community.  They will have used their own journey to empower others with hearing loss and dedicated their time to educate and assist both their hearing and non-hearing peers.  

People’s Choice Award

All nominees will also be entered into this category. The winner will be determined by an online public vote and announced on the night. 


Winners will be announced at the 50th Anniversary Gala Dinner on Saturday 23rd May 2020.

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To nominate yourself or other Shepherd Centre alumni please fill in the form below.

Nomination Form

Nominee full name (required)

Nominee email (required)

Nominee contact number

Your full name (If nominating someone else - please note we will inform the nominee who has nominated them)

Your email (If nominating someone else)

Your contact number (If nominating someone else)

Award (please only choose one) Dr Bruce & Annette Shepherd Oration AwardVoice of the Future AwardThe Award for ExcellenceThe Dick Smith Award for Advocacy and SupportChampion of Ability Award sponsored by Cochlear

**All nominees will be also be entered into the "People's Choice Award" category. This will go to an online public vote with the winner announced on the night.**

Tell us in no more than 250 words why you/nominated Alumni should be considered for the chosen award.

Video: Please send your 60 second video with 3 reasons for your nomination to [email protected]

Other files: If applicable, please submit any documents that may support the nomination e.g. certificates of achievement, any media cuttings or links, photographs etc. If you are experiencing technical difficulties, please email files to [email protected]

I can confirm that I have read the nominee and nomination criteria and and information submitted is correct. I can confirm the nominee is a Shepherd Centre graduate.

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