Disability advocate to give Aus day message


DISABILITY advocate Alex Jones will lead the line-up next Monday as Tenterfield stops to mark Australia Day.

Michigan born Alex Jones (second from left) will be the Australia Day ambassador for Tenterfield this year.

Tenterfield’s Memorial Hall will host the day of celebration as businesses and locals come together to recognise our town’s best with the annual Australia Day Awards Ceremony.

This year, Tenterfield will welcome Alex Jones as the Woolworths Australia Day Ambassador.

Alex Jones is an actor, theatre director, performer and an ambassador for the International Day of People with a Disability.

Last year’s ambassador Steve Widders, served on the NSW Disability Council after being declared medically blind in 1990.

A Kamilaroi descendant, Mr Widders speech was built around a message of “we are one”.

Mr Jones is expected to continue the theme, being a strong advocate for deaf persons.

Alex was born in Michigan deaf to deaf parents.

He went on to study theatre professionally at New York University and then was recruited by the Australian Theatre of the Deaf in 1997.

As an actor, he has appeared on a number of stage productions, films and television shows and has provided consulting services to the film industry in Australia and abroad.

In 2003 Alex co-founded an innovative and social-enterprise company, Ai-Media, to deliver captioning services for broadcasters.

Alex is currently on the board of People with Disability Australia and Deaf Sports Australia.

He has also served as an ambassador for the NSW ‘Don’t DIS my ABILITY’ campaign for the International Day of People with Disability in NSW for six-years.

He is a very proud father to two boys, one of whom is deaf.

Mr Jones says it has always been his passion to see that deaf people are given unlimited opportunities to live their life without any barriers.

The day will kick off with the Minsters Fraternal Church Service at 8am followed by light breakfast on the deck of the RSL Pavilion.

The Civic Welcome and Awards Ceremony will commence at 9am and is expected to conclude at 10.30am.

In recognition of the Centenary of Anzac, the Tenterfield Light Horse Troop will conduct the Flag Raising Ceremony and the Ambassador’s address will be based on this theme.

For people looking to continue their celebrations, the Commercial Boutique Hotel will be holding a Triple J Hottest 100 party over the course of the day.

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