News>Kingston Council 2012 Australia Day Award Winners
The City of Kingston Australia Day Awards recognise and honour the achievements of citizens and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the local community.
|The 2012 awards were presented at Council’s Australia Day Breakfast at Kingston City Hall. |
Citizen of the Year
Her community contributions span over 40 years and she continues to play an integral role in the community. The bedrock of a large and loyal family and a string of community causes, she takes an active interest in Council affairs that reflect on community issues. The City of Kingston honoured Thelma for her outstanding commitment, voluntary work and decade long service in 2007 with Thelma having attended more than 90 committee meetings and reviewed more than 1,100 items over a 10 year period. She volunteers for The Children’s Protection Society where she is on a mission to break the cycle of abuse and neglect in families and is a Meals on Wheels Supervisor volunteer. Thelma has also been awarded a centenary medal for her service to the community. She supports the aged by making home visits, providing assistance with simple errands and works for Aged Care and is an active campaigner to improve facilities in aged care. Thelma has been an active member of the Moorabbin Highett Village Committee for the past 15 years
Outstanding Citizen of the Year
A community focused individual having lived and worked in Kingston all his life, Brian is Past President of Aspendale Rotary Club and now an extremely valuable member having taken the club to new heights by implementing the ‘Business Meeting’ and encouraging new members to join the club. He has received many awards from the Rotary network, including the Paul Harris Fellowship and the Four Avenues of Service Awards. Brian has a family trust fund that supports many local causes financially, he also offers housing in his own home for people in need, and donates a ‘Trade for a Day’ to fundraising auctions. He also uses his business skills and networks to help others in the community. Brian has a unique ability to draw people together from all ages and backgrounds to care for the community without seeking recognition. He is a mentor for young people within the community and a key contact for the Principle of Parkdale Secondary School, Greg Mc Mahon – taking on apprentices and providing work experience. He has also been involved with the Kingston Charitable Trust, building of a viewing platform for the disabled at Avondale Avenue, the Rotary Chelsea Art Show and Family Life.
Young Citizen of the Year
Jack was chosen to be one of the judges for this year’s Inky Awards – Australia’s only youth choice literature Award. He is a volunteer for Animal Liberation Victoria Youth Coordinator 2009-2011, PETA, Coalition for the protection of Race Horses, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, RSPCA, Wildlife Victoria, Animals Victoria, Clean Up Australia and Make Poverty History. He is also a confirmed workshop leader on Youth Animal Activism, Australian Animal Activist Conference. Jack was Speaker at the Australian Animal Activist conference and he is Founder and Director of Duck Army 2010-2011 - a group that works to stop duck hunting. Jack also runs a group called Kindness Kids.
Community Group of the Year
Matt’s Place, Bayside Community Church, St Matthew’s and St Chad’s
The group offers free two course meals to anyone in the local community on Tuesdays at Chelsea and on a Thursday in Cheltenham. Serving up to an average 200 meals per week, they have been running for over 2 years which has gradually increased over time, demonstrating the need for the service. The group is a gateway to community services and to those who are socially isolated and have become disengaged. Matt’s Place has regular visits from Centrelink, Community Connections, PHaMS, Paramount and Lantern where they provide assistance to all who attend the centre. This service is staffed by around 60 volunteers
Young Community Group of the Year
Kingston Youth Services Supplement (KYSS) Youth Magazine
The KYSS committee is made up of young people who volunteer their time to organise and implement the content, design, production and evaluation of a youth magazine. Five thousand copies of KSS is distributed throughout Kingston. The magazine is written by young people, for young people. The youth are recruited to the committee via expressions of interest, usually they have no prior writing experience but aspire to further develop their skills in writing, editing, and publishing. The KYSS committee is provided with training opportunities facilitated by Councils Communication Department. This training provides the committee with effective and purposeful writing and design skills. This opportunity provides a basis for further skills development should the students wish to pursue a career in journalism, artwork, photography, writing, publishing, graphic design. The Committee meet on a fortnightly basis.
Australia Day Honours
Central Ward Cr Ron Brownlees was among those in Kingston to receive an Australia Day Honour.
Cr Brownless was awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his service to local government and countless community groups and health care organisations.
Read more here: http://moorabbin-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/kingston-top-citizens-score-australia-day-honours/
Find out more about other recipients here: http://www.itsanhonour.gov.au/
Leader Newspapers will also publish the list of winners next week at http://mordialloc-chelsea-leader.whereilive.com.au/ and http://moorabbin-leader.whereilive.com.au/