The David Oliver Beacon Award is awarded annually, acknowledging and celebrating those who have made a significant contribution to the MND community.
The award is open to individuals, groups and organisations that make positive contribution, improvement or innovation in MND support or care. Each year a different theme is selected.
Dr David Oliver, internationally acclaimed physician who has dedicated much of his life to enhancing the quality of life of people with MND through his practice, writing and teaching, has generously agreed to his name being associated with this award.
Nominations are now open for the 2020 David Oliver Beacon Award.
The theme for 2020 is Excellence in Solution Finding. This could mean finding a solution to care for people with MND, adapting and creating solutions through the COVID-19 lockdown, or any other solution.
To nominate an individual or organisation that is making a difference for people with MND:
2019: David Seymour who is living with MND, continues to live his life as fully as the disease allows, raising awareness about MND as often as he can. David was instrumental in initiating Walk 2 D’Feet MND events in Whangarei in 2017 and 2018.
2018: The New Zealand MND Registry. The theme was 'Working as a team'.
2017: TalkLink Trust. The theme was 'A Shining Light in MND Care'.
The TalkLink Trust has been well respected in the MND community for many years for the understanding the therapists have of the needs of people with MND and their commitment to helping.
2016: Karen Thomas, the neurology nurse specialist based at Waikato Hospital. The theme was 'Leading for Change'.
Karen considers the needs of MND patients to be important and urgent, and goes the extra mile to ensure they are met. She analyses situations then suggests ways to hasten assessments and interventions that enhance quality of life. Thank you, Karen, for your work with people with MND.