THE finalists for the 2018 Western Australian of the Year Awards have been announced.
The awards celebrate exceptional West Australians who have made an extraordinary impact in the community and demonstrated excellence in their field.
Thirty-two finalists have been selected across seven categories, including the Wesfarmers Aboriginal Award, Woodside Energy Arts & Culture Award, Perdaman Business Award, Alcoa of Australia Community Award, APM Professions Award, Channel 7 Sports Award and the BHP Youth Award.
Winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Crown Ballroom on Friday, June 1.
The Perth Symphony Orchestra will perform with a special guest.
Singer, songwriter Gina Williams, who received the Aboriginal Award in 2017, will this year treat guests to a program that includes a rendition of Under The Milky Way, originally by The Church, in Noongar.
The Awards Ceremony is the first official event of the WA Day long weekend – a multi-day celebration of everything that is unique and extraordinary about Western Australia, promoting inclusiveness for all people that choose to make WA their home.
Full list of finalists:
Aboriginal Award – Sponsored by Wesfarmers
Colleen Hayward AM
Arts and Culture Award – Sponsored by Woodside
Janet Holmes Ã Court AC
Andrew Charles Ross
Business Award – Sponsored by Perdaman
Community Award – Sponsored by Alcoa of Australia
Mike Daube AO
Professions Award – Sponsored by APM
Deborah Terry AO
Sport Award – Sponsored by Channel Seven
Youth Award – Sponsored by BHP