HELPING to reduce the stigma against Territorians with disabilities has been Tony Burns’ mission in life for more than a decade.
And now it can be revealed that he is being awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his years of service to the disabled community.
Initially inspired by Paralympian John Maclean, Mr Burns began his career in the disability sector in 2017 as the executive director of National Disability Services.
He then became the chief executive of Darwin-based disability services organisation Helping People Achieve in 2014, putting the organisation on the map as a leading example in the sector.
“I’m totally honoured. I was shocked about it (receiving the honour), but at the same time really proud,” Mr Burns said.
“It’s been an incredible journey.