On Monday the nominations were announced for the 2021 Australian of the Year Awards. The Examiner caught up with some of our Northern Tasmanian nominees to get their reactions.
For the 2021 Tasmanian Australian of the Year - Dr George Razay, Launceston
Dr Razay is a leading researcher in Dementia and Alzheimer' disease. He said he is changing the stigma surrounding treatment for these conditions so that people know there is hope.
"I am feeling really honoured to be nominated for the award," he said.
"I feel it's a credit to all my patients and the community who have supported me through my research. It's a product of that and I feel really proud and honoured by the nomination."
For the 2021 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year - Derek Benson, Norwood
Mr Benson is a 90-year-old volunteer at City Mission who wanted to do something worthwhile with his time after retirement 30 years ago.
"I'm quite pleased about it all. I find it very surprising that I've been nominated but I'm honoured that I've got the nomination," he said.
"I don't know who nominated me but it's given me something to feel honourable over."
Also for the 2021 Tasmanian Senior Australian of the Year - Owen Tilbury, Launceston
Mr Tilbury has been a part of developing regional achievements in Launceston with his Great Regional City Challenge. He is also director of the Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air Festival.
"I must say I was kind of surprised but I suppose that's a normal reaction," he said.
"What impresses me is there is so much talent out there... and I am just so honoured to be a part of that group this year; proud Tasmanian and proud Launcestonian."
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For the 2021 Tasmanian Young Australian of the Year - Rulla Kelly-Mansell, currently based in Glenelg, SA but from Tasmania
Mr Kelly-Mansell is a footballer and founder of Make Runs Maxi. He said his work comes from taking responsibility in trying to help others with their mental health journey.
"It's a little bit overwhelming. I haven't been able to digest it properly," he said.
"Definitely a shock to say the least."
For the 2021 Tasmanian Local Hero - Toni Johnstone, Ravenswood
Ms Johnstone is the team leader of the Tasmanian Lost Pet Register. She is a volunteer and said she supports people until they are reunited with their pets.
"I cant believe it. I'm absolutely overwhelmed," she said.
"I'm absolutely honoured by it. It's so important that people know about the work that we do."
The recipients will be announced on October 30 at a ceremony hosted by the Governor of Tasmania Kate Warner, AC, and Premier Peter Gutwein. It will be live streamed via Facebook at AustralianoftheYear.
The award recipients will join the pool of other Australian recipients for the national awards announcement on January 25.