Humanist of the Year awards for 2016 Announced

Published Sun, 08/05/2016 - 03:44
John Bell AO OBE, Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies inc. (CAHS) is pleased to announce that the Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 is John Bell AO OBE, one of Australia’s most acclaimed theatre personalities. He is recognised as Australia’s premier Shakespearean actor and director. Over five decades he has won many accolades from theatre critics and playgoers alike for presenting plays with a secular, yet theatrical flair. His outlook on life, like Shakespeare’s, is distinctly humanist.

Jason Ball - Inaugural Young Australian Humanist of the Year
Jason Ball - Inaugural Young Australian Humanist of the Year 2016

CAHS is also pleased to announce that the inaugural Young Australian Humanist of the Year is Jason ball, an LGBTIQ+ activist. Jason has been successful in leading the charge against homophobia in sports, particularly the AFL with the start of a Pride Cup in his local league which has been followed up with a Pride Round in this years AFL Fixture.

"These two recipients help demonstrate the diverse fields that one can find Humanists in," said Scott Sharrad, president of CAHS. "John Bell has, for decades, brought the works of The Bard to audiences with a distinctly secular yet theatrical flair. While Jason Ball shows us all that we cannot be complacent, we must continue to strive to make the community and the world we live in a better place for all; not just for ourselves."

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