West Moonah local Joy Cairns has been selected to appear on the cover of this year’s Hobart White Pages® and Yellow Pages®, which starts distribution on 22 November 2014.

Joy has been selected under the theme, Inspiring Others to Achieve, which recognises the unsung heroes who selflessly help others achieve goals and are an inspiration to their local community.

A devoted mother of three, Joy is determined to provide people disadvantaged by disability with improved equality of opportunity.

When two of her children were born with severe intellectual disabilities, Joy realised support services were lacking and took on the task of offering people with disability a brighter future. In 1980, she established an organisation called COSMOS, offering people with disability greater sporting and recreational opportunities.

COSMOS was the first of its kind in Australia and its value was recognised by both State and Federal governments. It has seen more than 1000 people receive improved services and support. Following its success, and due to much unmet need, Joy founded the Specialist disability service AURORA in 1988. The program offers vocational training in a range of areas such as hospitality, continuing education and life skills, attracting more than 350 participants so far.

“I think it’s really important that people with disability get the same opportunities and support available to non-disabled people,” Joy said.

Each year, Sensis®, the publisher of the White Pages and Yellow Pages, recognises the efforts of local people in their communities by celebrating their achievements on the cover of its books.

White Pages Product Manager Sarah Simpson said this year’s covers will celebrate humble community members who don’t always get the recognition they deserve.

“There are thousands of Australians going the extra mile to help other people succeed and never ask for thanks or recognition. We wanted to honour these local legends who sometimes hide in the shadows and elevate them to a place where everyone can celebrate them,” she said.

“This year we are thrilled to recognise Joy’s efforts inspiring her community.”

Residents and businesses can choose not to receive a copy of the White Pages and Yellow Pages by calling Sensis on 1800 008 292 or visiting www.directoryselect.com.au.

 

Did you know? The previous local people to appear on the cover of the Hobart White Pages and Yellow Pages were:

2013/14: South Hobart neuroscientist Dr Cathy Blizzard featured on the cover under the theme Keeping Our Communities Healthy. Cathy was recognised for her work revolutionising the way acquired brain injuries will be treated worldwide in the future.

2012/13: Bruny Island resident Robert Pennicott featured on the cover under the theme A Helping Hand, The Aussie Way. Robert was recognised for his work in helping protect Tasmania’s coastline and support people in need through his fundraising efforts.

2011/12: Liila Hass featured on the cover under the theme Australians Creating a Better Future. Liila was recognised for her work helping Tasmania transition towards a sustainable future as chairperson and founder of not-for-profit group Future Tasmania and as co-founder of support group Vegetarian Tasmania.

 

For more information, contact Emma Spencer 03 8416 6729