Minister for Disability Services Ray Williams announced the recipient of the 2018 NSW Carer of the Year is a Carlingford resident who has been a carer for almost 30 years.

Ivy Lau is the carer to her 28-year-old daughter who was born with Down Syndrome, and her husband who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease 10 years ago. “It is an honour to recognise Ivy as NSW Carer of the Year, ahead of National Carers Week,” Mr Williams said.

“Ivy, like so many other carers, is simply inspirational. She is supporting not one, but two members of her family as a carer. “The NSW Carers Awards help recognise the remarkable contribution unpaid carers make to their loved ones and the wider community.”

On top of her caring role, Ivy works full time as an IT application specialist and is an active member of the Chinese Parents Association for Children with Disabilities, where she supports other community members with disabilities. “I am always an optimistic person, and always see the positive – every cloud has a silver lining,” Ms Lau said.

“Getting this Award, I am very happy that people recognise my hard work and the hard work of other carers.” Mr Williams said everyone should show their appreciation to a carer they know during National Carers Week. “It’s important that carers know that others understand and appreciate what they do, and feel recognised, valued and supported,” Mr Williams added.

In NSW, 1 in 10 people are carers with more than 904,400 people across the state providing unpaid support to members of the community. National Carers Week will take place from Sunday 14 – Saturday 20 October 2018.