A passion for women’s health and mental health has garnered Newcastle-based health consultant Jo Piggott two nominations in the 2011 Honour Awards.

Piggott, who made a remarkable recovery following brain injury, joins a group of people from the high profile to the everyday whose contributions to their community have been nominated for recognition in the Awards.

Piggott set up Imago Health in 2009 after 10 years in community health and was nominated in the Business and Health & Wellbeing categories for mentoring young same-sex attracted women, championing mental health, and fighting for accuracy and cohesiveness in the community services industry.

The Awards are an annual gala fundraising event for ACON and provide a unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and achievement within the NSW LGBTI community and the difference that individuals and groups make in people’s lives.

“People like Jo Piggott make a significant contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community through their professional and personal lives,” ACON CEO Nicolas Parkhill said, “The Honour Awards are about recognising all kinds of contributions and achievements, both big and small.“

Nominations are open throughout August and can be submitted in the categories of business, health, education, community, legal, political, media and culture.

Nominations can be made through HonourAwards.com.au where tickets can be bought and a range of gifts and prizes won.

This year’s Awards will be presented at The Ivy on Thursday 29 September where finalists will join a host of media, entertainment and community personalities for a night of fun and festivity.

Money from tickets sales and a silent auction will help fund ACON’s broader LGBT health and wellbeing work.

Tickets are $85 and include all wines, beers, canapés and entertainment.

INFO: 2011 Honour Awards and Cocktail Party, The IvySun Room, 330 George St, Sydney, Thursday 29 September 7pm – 11pm

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