Sister Anne Gardiner AM has been recognised for her outstanding contribution and achievement over more than half a century by being crowned Senior Australian of the Year in the 2017 Australia Day Awards.
“This recognition for Sister Anne is one of the highest honours in the country and is truly deserved given her long devotion to the education and culture of people on the Tiwi Islands,” Indigenous Affairs Minister and Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, said.
“I acknowledge the more than 50 years of service Sister Anne has given to teaching on the Tiwi Islands since she was asked to move to Bathurst Island as a 22-year-old.
“Sister Anne goes above and beyond the role of a teacher: she is a part of the heart and soul of her community and her endeavours will leave a lasting legacy on the people of the Tiwi Islands and their future.
“I was proud to be a Territorian when I met Sister Anne and the other NT Australian of the Year award recipients in Parliament House, Canberra, yesterday.
“I congratulate all the other NT Australian of the Year award recipients who were also finalists in the national awards, especially Ms Andrea Mason who has made such a tremendous contribution to the lives of Indigenous Australians, especially in Central Australia.”