Libby Harricks was a founding member of SHHH Australia Inc (now HMA) and a multi-term President. She became profoundly deaf as a young adult. Whilst maintaining her career as a pharmacist and raising two children, she was the driving force behind SHHH. She helped establish the effective volunteer organisation we have today. Libby was widely known and admired as a dynamic advocate for access for people with hearing loss. She served as a role model and inspiration to many. Libby was made a member of Order of Australia in 1990 in recognition of her work for the hard of hearing community.
Tragically, Libby Harricks lost her battle with cancer at the age of 52 in 1998.
HMA has established this award in her memory, as a friend and a woman who through determination and spirit achieved more than she ever thought possible, both for herself and for many others.
The HMA committee will consider nominations, with the winner being announced at the 2024 Annual General Meeting, where the Award will be presented. The recipient’s story will be published in a subsequent issue of HMA’s journal, “Hearing Matters”.