The MS Queensland community is very lucky to have such brilliant changemakers whose actions make the world a better place for all. In March, a few women living with MS in our community were recognised for their dedication, time and commitment. We would love to personally congratulate Ashleigh, Aimee, Jenni and Gail for their incredible nominations and awards. Read on to learn more about their individual stories below.
Ashleigh | Queensland Law Society (QLS) Emerging Leader Award
As a legally blind litigation lawyer, Ashleigh DoRozario has been nominated for this year’s Queensland Law Society (QLS) Emerging Leader Award. This prestigious award encourages and supports emerging lawyers on their journey in the field of law. The award seeks to acknowledge a high-practitioner lawyer who demonstrates an exceptional aptitude for the practice of law, outstanding leadership attributes, and who actively contributes to the profession in a meaningful and impactful way.
Following her admission as a solicitor, Ashleigh created the social media persona ‘Blind Lady Justice’ to publicly reveal her vision impairment and positively promote disability. She has authored articles for the international Legal 500 and QLS Proctor publications, actively championing equal opportunity, acceptance, and inclusion for people with disability within the legal profession.
Ashleigh is a founding member of the QLS Diverse Abilities Network and an elected member of the QLS Equity & Diversity Committee. In these roles, Ashleigh has been an integral contributor to policy submissions to the Disability Royal Commission and NDIS inquiries. She has also sought to destigmatise disability by appearing as a panel speaker for industry events – including a QLS Lunch & Learn rendition of ‘You Can’t Ask That’ for International Day of People with Disability 2020, and more recently shared her ‘Choose to Challenge’ story at the legal profession’s 2021 International Women’s Day event.
Ashleigh was nominated for the QLS Emerging Leader Award as she bravely creates visibility for disability and consistently demonstrates her commitment to the goals of inclusivity and diversity in the legal profession.
Jenni & Gail | Queensland Women’s Week for 2021
In celebration of Queensland Women’s Week for 2021, Member for Gaven, Meaghan Scanlon MP gave recognition and celebration for some of the wonderful women in the Gaven electorate and the important contributions they make to our community.
Jenni Saunders and Gail Harbott received recognition for their incredible contribution to the community as MS Ambassadors and as members of Gold Coast Disability Advocacy, acknowledging the tireless support for those newly diagnosed and raising awareness of MS and disability in their community.
Aimee | 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards
In March, nominations were also announced for the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards to acknowledge, encourage, and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Queensland.
We are delighted to share Aimee Segal has been nominated for the 2021 People’s Choice Award! She is up for a BB Print Regional Achiever Award & Awards Australia Community Volunteer Award. At 15 years old, Aimee has raised an incredible $30,000 for MS Queensland over the last seven years and is a dedicated supporter and tireless fundraiser of the MS Swimathon to raise important funds for people living with MS in the Townsville community.