The Ben Bodna Award has been established in the memory of Victoria’s first Public Advocate Ben Bodna. It will provide grants of up to $10,000 a year for individuals to advance knowledge and practice in the fields of social justice, community, disability or bio-ethics.
This annual Award is made in the memory of Ben Bodna (1935 – 2008), a passionate supporter of the rights of people who were disadvantaged. Through his work as a Probation Officer, Superintendent of a Youth Training Centre, head of the State Welfare Department, Victoria’s first Public Advocate, and supporter of many community organisations, Ben’s commitment to addressing issues of disadvantage never wavered. He believed in the capacity of well supported communities to redress issues of social exclusion. He championed a wide range of causes relating to his interests in community and disadvantage. Among his many community involvements, he was President of UNICEF Australia; a member of the Refugee Review Tribunal; joint Chair of the People Together Project; a Community Visitor at Kew Cottages; President of the Victorian Brain Injury Recovery Association; and Chairperson of Foundation Boroondara.
Applications close 31 May 2012.
For information on eligibility criteria, selection criteria and how to apply, visit the VCOSS website.