Moree Aboriginal elder Mary Swan and cyclist Steele Sutton were recognised as Local Heroes at the opening of Bank Art Museum Moree’s (BAMM) latest exhibition, Courage to Care.
A crowd of about 60 people, including Holocaust survivors Gaby and Ana and five volunteers from Sydney, attended the Courage to Care opening on Thursday, November 7, during which the Local Hero awards were announced.
The Courage to Care exhibition, which highlights the courage of ordinary people who took action to help others, refers to Upstanders as being inspiring members of the community who are committed to community betterment.
Two Upstanders were recognised for their continued service to the Moree community and received the Local Hero awards.
Elder Mary Swan was recognised for her years of service dedicated to improving services and outcomes for Moree’s Aboriginal community, and Steele Sutton for his selfless work in mentoring youth and encouraging them to make positive life choices.
Both recipients spoke on the evening about what inspired them to have the courage to face challenges and overcome adversity.
“I would like to congratulate Mary and Steele for being acknowledged as Local Upstanders and again commend them on the fantastic work they do in helping others in our community,” BAMM interim director Kate Tuart said.