MJD Foundation

2018-NT-Volunteer-Awards

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MJD Foundation Chairperson, Neil Westbury has won the Chief Minister's award and jointly taken out the overall Volunteer of the year Award at the annual awards ceremony held in Darwin on 8th November 2018.

Neil became a volunteer Director/Board member of the MJD Foundation in 2008, and then took on the role of Chairperson in 2010. During the past 10 years, Neil has dedicated his time and his in-depth working knowledge of Federal and State/Territory Government Indigenous policy to highlight the critical needs of Aboriginal Australians and their families living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD).

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Neil is passionate about the rights of Aboriginal people receiving equitable care, especially those living in very remote communities where there are so many barriers in place.

He has committed enormous amounts of time as Chairperson, representing the MJDF in meetings with key stakeholders, government bodies and many philanthropic organisations to advocate for change, seek funding with the best interests of people living with MJD front and centre at all times.

 Neil awards 3Neil's decades of experience implementing government policy has given him unique insight into the workings of policy and project delivery within Aboriginal communities. This knowledge has enabled him to steer and mentor the Board and the staff of the MJDF to provide exceptional quality services, and well as ensuring that the policies and the decisions made by the Board are always focused on what is best for the clients and families of the MJD Foundation.