2017 Business Category Winners, Dowson Turco accompanied by SGLBA President Mark Haines.
2017 Business Category Winners, Dowson Turco accompanied by SGLBA President Mark Haines.

The richness and diversity of the LGBTI community can take some time to explore, discover and understand, especially for those whose coming out journey started a little later in life or has just recently started regardless of age. 

I had an interesting conversation with a younger member of our community earlier in the evening. She wanted to know exactly what the Honour Awards was all about. For some in the community, that may appear an odd question, however I’ve come to realise there are many who are not aware of the many facets of the LGBTI community.

Learning more about your tribe

As the night concluded, the finalists stories had been shared and the winners received their awards, she turned to me and “what an amazing night, I feel edified and uplifted“. The Honour Awards helps us look beyond the bright, shiny and sparkly parts of our community and get a glimpse into the diversity of our own tribe. 

If you’ve never attended the Honour Awards, it’s a wonderful way to celebrate the quiet (and some not so quiet), often unsung heroes amongst us. It’s motivating, you’ll laugh and you’ll probably shed a tear or two as you hear the personal experiences of a collection of extraordinary people.


SGLBA Involvement

It just made sense that the SGLBA, as the first LGBTI business association in Australia, sponsor the Business Award category. You can review the past recipients of the Business Award category here.

This year we managed to capture photo’s of twenty or more SGLBA members who attended the awards ceremony at ivy. 

A special treat for the SGLBA this year

Our key focus each year is the Business Award, one award amongst eight other awards. However this year we were delighted to see SGLBA Member Elaine Czulkowski awarded the Community Hero Award.

(L-R) Scott Quine, Elaine Czulkowski, Michael Ruiz
(L-R) Scott Quine, Elaine Czulkowski, Michael Ruiz

For over two decades, Elaine Czulkowski has worked tirelessly in service of the LGBTI community in NSW. In that time, she has held a variety of roles in a number of NGOs and community groups, including Director at Out for Australia, Board Associate at Queer Screen, volunteer at Bingham Cup Sydney and an ACON Rover. In recent years, Elaine has been heavily involved with Australians for Equality, currently serving as its Fundraising Manager.

As an accomplished professional, Elaine has utilised her many years of corporate experience to benefit The Equality Campaign by forging corporate links, educating communities, fostering relationships and strengthening partnerships. A passionate supporter of equality, diversity and inclusion, Elaine has been integral in our community’s ongoing fight for equal marriage rights. In 2017, Elaine was named Local Woman of the Year at the NSW Women of the Year Awards.*

*SOURCE: ACON Latest News