Local heroes up for award

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
The City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany.
Camera IconThe City of Albany Administration and Civiv Centre building North Road Albany. Credit: Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Commendable achievements and community leadership will be recognised this Australia Day.

Thirteen finalists have been recognised for their contributions to the Albany community as finalists in this year’s Albany Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards.

The winners will be announced at 10am at the Citizenship and Australia Day Awards Ceremony in Centennial Park Stadium on Saturday.

City of Albany Acting Mayor Greg Stocks said it was a very worthy list of finalists.

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“Volunteers are the bread and butter of Albany and without them many of the services and events in our community wouldn’t be possible,” he said.

“The finalists in these awards are ordinary people who have stepped up and given their time for the people in our city.

“Their resolve to serve others makes a huge difference and they have earned our recognition.”

Winners of the citizenship awards will be chosen on the level of contribution to the community, demonstration of leadership, inspiring qualities as role models, recognition already received, time they have dedicated to their community, and any special circumstances relating to their contribution.

Young Citizen of the Year

Dean Crowley — dedication to headspace Youth Advisory Committee and the WA United Nations Youth Consultation Group.

Amy May — nominated for her contribution to the Albany Youth Advisory Council & Local Drug Action Group and St John Ambulance.

Jasmine Reeves — helped set up the Kalgan Settlers Association youth club and running youth events, active member of Southern Edge Arts, Great Southern Home Education Network and Albany PCYC.

Citizen of the Year

Merryn Bojcun — highly committed to the equestrian community, Pony Club and Albany Carriage Driving Club. Merryn has served on multiple committees relating to child protection and family support.

Garry Christiansen — nominated for his dedication as a lecturer at South Regional TAFE.

Pastor Steve Marshall — Grace and Glory ministries leader, organises the annual free Community Christmas Lunch and the provision of food parcels.

Kate Thomas — the co-founder of the Albany Death Café, raising awareness of death and end-of-life planning.

Corey Woods — active member of the City’s fire mitigation crew to protect our community.

Julie Wrobel — Julie coached more than 100 children at Albany Roller Derby over the past 12 months.

Senior of the Year

Brian Davis — a member of 25 years with the Albany Wood Turners and Woodworkers group. He was also a dedicated member of the King River Bush Fire Brigade.

Vernice Gillies — a passionate leader of the Noongar people, Vernice was nominated for her ongoing work to protect and promote the cultural heritage of her people.

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