Heather Bell awarded Albany’s Citizen of the Year

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A volunteer fire fighter Heather Bell has been awarded Albany’s Citizen of the Year at an Australia Day ceremony this morning for her dedication in raising funds for WA fire relief appeals.

Ms Bell was the driving force behind fundraising more that $70000 for the purchase of vital equipment for local fire brigades.

There were 20 other individuals and organisations nominated across four categories.

During the 2016 Yarloop and Esperence fires, Ms Bell selflessly assisted in raising funds for appeals and those affected in the tragedies.

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Stephanie Mitchell was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for her efforts raising over $10,000 of funds for the Albany roller Derby League.

Her work with various fundraisers such as White Ribbon Day, Light the Night and the Pride Rally show her commitment for development of young people.

The Senior Citizen of the Year Award went to Don Perfrement for his recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary and various fundraising efforts.

Congratulating the winners, Mayor Dennis Wellington encouraged all nominees to continue to better our community.

“There are many, many people in our community who do wonderful work and make our city the fantastic community that we enjoy,” he said.

“To everyone who nominated someone for these awards, thank you.”

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