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Community leaders recognised at Australia Day celebrations

Published on Wednesday 29 January, 2020

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An outstanding individual who supports some of our community’s most vulnerable people and a community group dedicated to providing children with the simple joy of play have been recognised with Citizenship Awards.

Presented as part of the City of Gosnells’ Australia Day celebrations, the awards highlight the contributions of individuals and groups in making our community a better place to live.

Mayor David Goode said the awards were highly deserved by the recipients – Pamela Govender, who received the Community Citizen of the Year Award and Gosnells Toy Library, presented with the Active Citizenship Award.

“Both recipients represent the qualities that have long been valued across Australia and in the City of Gosnells,” he said.

“Congratulations to Pamela and the Gosnells Toy Library for their amazing efforts and I hope their great work continues to inspire others and unite people in our community.”

The Citizenship Award recipients were:

  • Citizen of the Year – Pamela Govender
    Pamela undertakes extensive work in the community. Through her not-for-profit organisation Restore a Smile, Pamela has helped people move from crisis situations to stability. She is involved in the provision of hygiene packs for homeless women, blanket drives, food delivery and Christmas hampers for people in need, as well as organising street ‘meet and greets’ and supporting isolated community members through the #youarenotalone campaign. Pamela supports refugees and immigrants as they become accustomed to life in Australia, and provides assistance to Indigenous students to complete a tertiary Certificate in Business.

  • Active Citizenship Award (Group or Event) – Gosnells Toy Library
    This not-for-profit organisation that has been operating in the community for 45 years and, under the direction of a new committee, Gosnells Toy Library has doubled in size over the past 12 months. The group provides in excess of 1,100 educational toys to member families and actively promotes learning through play, while providing families with toys that they may not otherwise be able to afford. The Toy Library encourages the community to share resources, diverting toys from landfill. It caters for children with sensory and special needs and runs a bi-weekly Stay and Play morning, which is free for members and non-members and includes access to a playground, toys and morning tea. These sessions provide parents with a place to connect with others and encourage local children to develop important social and physical skills.