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NRSDC CEO Tony Davies receiving the Regional/Rural Pride in Diversity Award from sponsor Laurie Sasko at the AWEI awards in Sydney last week.

Northern Rivers Social Development Council (NRSDC) CEO Tony Davies may have a new career coming as a comedian.

Sharing a stage last week with entertainer Bob Downe and former High Court Judge Michael Kirby, Mr Davies jokingly denied the organisation’s receipt of a Pride in Diversity Award had anything to do with having the magazine Lesbians on the Loose delivered to the workplace.

Accepting the Regional/Rural Award for LGBTI Workplace Inclusion at the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) Awards in Sydney, Mr Davies said the organisation did ‘nothing special’ to achieve its new status.

‘It’s how we operate; we have a diverse workforce and openly acknowledge and celebrate our gay and lesbian employees for who they are,’ Mr Davies said.

‘We are a workplace that is inclusive and accepting of diversity and place people in positions based on merit and skills. We won the award because of the fantastic staff we have within the organisation and because of the support of staff from all backgrounds for our nomination for the award.’

NRSDC also works with with gay health group ACON to run LGBTI cultural sensitivity training programs and helps provide support for Lismore’s LGBTI youth group Fresh Fruits.

Despite saying he was delighted NRSDC won the award, Mr Davies indicated he was not afraid of more local competition in the future.

‘I’d like to encourage every regional organisation in our area to go for the award next year,’ he said.

‘It’s testimony to the amazing community we live in that we have so many committed and caring staff who provide support to vulnerable families and help advocate on important social issues.’

 

*LGBTI stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities.


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