The Wendy Sarkissian Award

This award seeks to identify and celebrate community engagement practice that goes beyond standard good practice. We are calling for examples that stretch and inspire us through the demonstration of COURAGE in the practice of community engagement.

Dr Wendy Sarkissian is a Canadian-born, Australian planner who has specialised in community engagement for many decades, largely in Australian cities and towns. She is author of three award-winning books on community engagement and recipient of over forty professional awards. She is a Life Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia.

Wendy is also a passionate activist and agent for change in the planning profession, seeking to empower individuals and communities in the search for sustainable futures.

Read more about Wendy.

Engage 2 Act is proud to announce the inaugural award for Courage in the Practice of Community Engagement.  Dr (Aunty) Wendy is very dear to us.  This award recognises her courageous approach to life and work.  Over the years we have learnt a great deal from her and we value her contribution enormously. 

This award aims to celebrate courage in the practice of community engagement so that we all learn and we all grow.  As a result, we will individually and collectively become braver in our professional lives.

The award winner will be announced at the opening session of the Engage to Act (Un)Conference on 13 September 2017. See entry details below:

Submissions have now closed for the Wendy Sarkissian award and have been forwarded to the judging panel.  Thank you to all those who submitted.

The judging panel are:

  • Dr Wendy Sarkissian
  • Sandra Jerkovic - E2A Board
  • Desley Renton - E2A Board
  • Steven Weir - E2A Victoria Committee
  • Dan Popping - E2A SA Committee

The winner will be announced in the opening session of the Unconference. 

For more information

Call Desley Renton on +61 403 55 1656