From helping improve the lives of East Timorese people to local mums and bubs, Blue Mountains organisations and individuals were well-represented at the 2014 Zest Awards.
Held at ANZ Stadium on February 26, the Zest Awards recognise examples of outstanding commitment to community development within the Greater Western Sydney region.
Blue Mountains East Timor Sisters won the Zest Award for outstanding voluntary organisation and Stephanie Oatley won the category for outstanding community leader in a paid capacity.
This was no small feat, with more than 100 entries judges had to consider.
Blue Mountains-based finalists included Winmalee Neighbourhood Centre and a project by Connect Child and Family Services called YAWN (You Ask, We Nurture) that helps new parents.
Western Sydney Community Forum executive officer and Blue Mountains resident Mary Waterford said the ZEST Awards sought to highlight the incredibly important work being done at the coal face on a daily basis, as well as showcase innovations in community services that lead to better access and outcomes for those who sometimes struggle to be heard.
“Quiet achievers, their work often goes unnoticed by all but those who benefit from their care and support,” she said.
“The ZEST Awards provide an opportunity for community sector workers to connect with and learn from each other,” she said.
“While celebrating the outstanding work of their peers.”