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Community sector workers and sponsors of the 2012 Community Sector Ball and Awards Night get frocked up for A Midsummer Night’s Dream on November 10. Brett Paradise, Linda Mills, Julie Leete, Liina Flynn, Gillian Jones, Jenny Dowell, Vicki Findlay, Emma Ross and Tracey Schofield.

If you know of someone who works in a community-services organisation on the north coast who deserves to be recognised for their dedication, nominate them now for one of the 2012 Community Sector Ball Awards.

The closing date for Community Sector Ball Award nominations has been extended to Friday, October 26. There are some great prizes for the winners, who will be announced on the night. Categories include: Most Inspirational, Above and Beyond the Call of Duty, In the Line of Fire, Centre of the Universe, Community Group or Team and Private Sector Partner.

The Community Sector Ball and Awards Night, to be held this year on November 10, is the one night of the year where the organisations and individuals who help so many people in our community are recognised and rewarded for their vital and outstanding contributions to our community. It also gives community-sector workers a chance to celebrate, kick up their heels, build networks and enjoy each other’s company outside the workplace.

Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell was on the judging panel for the 2011 awards and knows how important it is for community-service workers to receive recognition for the work they do.

‘Most people in the sector do not work to get awards, but it’s lovely for them to be recognised for the wonderful work they do,’ Cr Dowell said. ‘It’s good for the whole community to know who the people are behind the scenes of the services that are there to help them. The Community Sector Ball and Awards Night is also a brilliant way for hard-working community-sector workers to let their hair down and have fun.’

Musical entertainment for this year’s ball includes ten-piece band Soul’d, Kindling and Blackboi, and comedian Mandy Nolan will emcee the awards ceremony.

With prizes for the best dressed, everyone is encouraged to come dressed in the theme of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and buy their tickets now, as ticket numbers are limited. For information about tickets, award categories and nominations, visit http://www.nrsdc.org.au/ball.html.

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