A local legend has been awarded a national award for her work in the community.
Marnie Sutton received the Remote Worker for Communities award in the female category of the 2021 National Indigenous and Alcohol Conference recently.
The award recognises the unique challenges facing workers in remote locations and making an important commitment to contributing to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over at least five years.
The Tennant Times spoke with Marnie, who said she was completely surprised by the national recognition.
The Barkly Region Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Group (BRADAAG) Manager for Outreach enjoys her work within the community.
In Marnie’s role, she helps many in need in various forms including helping families relocate back to their homelands or help them with funds for white goods or furnishings.
“I get great satisfaction out of helping people,” said Marnie.
“It makes me feel good if I can improve other people’s lives.
“Never would I have thought I would have won such an award but I enjoy what I do.”
The National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Awards were introduced by the National Indigenous Drug and Alcohol Committee in 2012 to provide peer recognition of, and appreciation for the important commitment and contribution that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander make to reducing the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Additionally, they recognise the role that organisations and non-Indigenous people also play in reducing these harmful effects.
This article appeared in Tennant & District Times, 9 April 2021.