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Nominate a community champion

Published on Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Australia Day

Has someone you know gone above and beyond to make your community a better place in 2020?

Time is running out to nominate them for the City of Gosnells Community Citizen of the Year Awards, which recognise groups or individuals that have made an outstanding contribution to their community.

Nominations for the annual awards, which are presented on 26 January, as part of the City’s Australia Day celebrations, close on 31 October.

Mayor David Goode encouraged residents to nominate a worthy candidate for the awards before the deadline.

“The City of Gosnells has many groups and people working hard for the community, so if you know a person or group who deserve recognition, we’d love to hear about them,” he said.

There are four award categories including Citizen of the Year, Youth Citizen of the Year,

Senior Citizen of the Year and Active Citizenship (group or event).

This year’s winners included Citizen of the Year Pamela Govender, who undertakes extensive work in the community through her not-for-profit organisation Restore a Smile.

Pamela is involved in providing 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.

Gosnells Toy Library, which received the Active Citizenship Award, has been operating in the community for 45 years and provides more than 1,100 educational toys to member families. The not-for-profit organisation actively promotes learning through play, while providing families with access to toys they may not otherwise be able to afford.

For more information please visit the City’s website at www.gosnells.wa.gov.au or call 9397 3000.