I was surprised and honoured to learn that I have been selected as a finalist in the professions category for West Australian of the Year.
I have to say thank you to those who nominated me first and the judging panel. I also need to thank everyone who has been part of my life and the projects which were cited in the award and so many others too. Thank you to all the Close Comfort team and so many customers who have bought our products. Many good people at UWA, particularly in the engineering and mathematical sciences faculty, deserve recognition for all the help and support they have provided. Thank you to my family and so many other people who have helped and supported me for so long.
Just one thing, since I have your attention. We in Australia are so fortunate, a vast and richly endowed continent, with so many wonderful energetic people who care about the world. We can help others build a better future for all. I feel so fortunate that I have been able to help with ideas and inventions that could improve life for everyone, especially those suffering from heat and inadequate drinking water. Our future depends on how we help the least fortunate, everywhere, and at the same time help build a better world for our children and grandchildren. There are lots of ways to help: please do what you can, either yourself or by supporting people who can make a difference.
In June, I was surprised and deeply honoured to learn that I had won this prestigious award.