The Impact Award recognises people who have made a significant and positive impact on a community, people, group, organisation or cause in Victoria. Nominees may be innovators and pioneers, or may be enthusiastic, creative or hardworking people, whose contribution is effective and expected to have a lasting effect.

Please find the list of Impact Award winners below:

Meryl Adams

Anglicare Victoria

Meryl is a foster carer who has cared for over 91 infants and young children in need over the past 12 years. Meryl noted foster carers’ difficulties in accessing clothing and resources for children in their care, and this led to the creation of a Carer Resource Centre, which she now runs. Meryl makes herself available as a mentor for new foster carers, and is always willing to listen and provide expert advice about foster caring.

Michael Gallus


Michael is the founding Director of the children’s charity, Footys4all, which has distributed over 20,000 new balls to children in need. He also voluntarily coordinates sporting clinics at juvenile justice centres and maximum security prisons, building independence and confidence in those he coaches. Michael also helps coordinate an annual initiative for 20 young female footballers to visit an Aboriginal community near Cairns. Michael is described as selfless, with never-ending energy, directed at achieving his goal of providing hope and a sporting opportunity to children in need.

Gail Dick

Doncaster All Abilities Basketball

Gail has shown dedication over 20 years, working with young people who often have a multitude of challenges in their lives. Gail has been instrumental in building a sustainable and affordable all-abilities basketball competition from scratch. The competition now caters for over 250 players. Gail is also involved in a leadership program that provides mentoring for young people with a disability, along with opportunities to develop professional skills. Gail has also established a formal peer support program for parents and carers, and is involved in related initiatives for people with intellectual disabilities.

Cuc Lam

Various- Hobsons Bay City Council Multicultural Advisory Committee, Migrant Resource Centre North West, Western English Language School, Western Health Community Advisory Committee

Through a desire to see new migrants and refugees thrive in Victoria, Cuc has volunteered for over 20 years, helping others to secure housing, learn English and integrate into the local community. She has also participated in several community advisory committees, imparting her experience and knowledge. Herself a refugee, Cuc uses her personal experiences along with a positive attitude to support others and is considered a pillar for the Vietnamese communities in Melbourne’s West.



Bec Picone

Peace of Mind Foundation

As co-founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, which holds Australia’s only brain cancer retreats, Bec works tirelessly to raise awareness about brain cancer, support sufferers and their families, connect families to services and fundraise. Bec works full time in this volunteer role and is on call around the clock for sufferers. She has been acknowledged as a leader in her field, and is one of only two in Australia who has been invited to attend the Brain Cancer Support Conference in the UK.

James Simpson

Merri Health

Driven by strong social justice principles and community values, James has been committed to helping others for the past 18 years. James has supported young people through challenging life situations, assisted people with intellectual disabilities, contributed to literacy initiatives, and ensured people could participate in community based recreation programs. Most recently, James has supported people through their recovery from mental illness. Through a shared love of music, he has brought together isolated individuals to actively engage in the community.