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Recognising community champions

Published on Friday 31 August, 2018

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The City of Gosnells is asking residents – who makes your community a better place to live in?

Nominations are now open for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards, which will be announced on Australia Day 2019.

Mayor Glenn Dewhurst urged residents to send in their nominations before they closed on 31 October.

“For me, learning about the amazing work and achievements of our local residents and community groups is a highlight of Australia Day each year,” he said.

“The City of Gosnells is filled with community champions, who make our City a great place to live, work and spend time. If you know of a person or group who deserve to be recognised for their efforts, we’d love to hear about them.” 

Last year’s winners included: 

  • Chloe Hazebroek – Young Citizen of the Year: Chloe, a natural leader, was acknowledged for her involvement in community initiatives, her role as a peer mentor and support of various fundraising and charitable efforts.

  • Frances Higgins – Citizen of the Year: Frances was recognised for her dedication as a volunteer, teaching gymnastics at Gosnells PCYC for the past 25 years. Through PCYC, she has also given 18 years of her time to be part of the Rotary Ramble, raising thousands of dollars for Telethon.

  • Mavis Clark – Senior Citizen of the Year: Mavis was awarded for 30 years of volunteer service, as a member of the Salvation Army, Gosnells Corp. Mavis supported the Red Shield and Christmas Shoebox Appeals, writes a fortnightly newsletter and leads various groups for young Salvation Army members. 

  • Gosnells Older Women’s Network – Community Group of the Year: This group was recognised for its contribution to older women in the community. It has grown to provide leadership in domestic violence prevention and support of Starick House, Wheelchair for Kids Project, Manor House and a Breast Cancer morning tea.