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City of Kingston's 2022 Awards

Do you know an individual or community group who are making a difference in The City of Kingston? Now's your chance to nominate them for Citizen of the Year or Community Group of the Year Award for 2022!

City of Kingston’s Awards recognise and honour the outstanding achievements of individuals and community groups who have made a significant contribution to the local community.

We know not all heroes wear capes. They can be of any age, background and profession. We're looking for nominees who have made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.

There are two award categories: 

  • Citizen of the Year Award
  • Community Group of the Year Award

Nominations close 5pm Monday 15 November and award winners will be announced on Wednesday 26 January.

It's quick and easy to nominate, so submit your nomination today!



To be eligible individuals must:

  • Live, work or study in the City of Kingston
  • Be an Australian citizen.

Community organisation

To be eligible a community organisation must:

  • Operate as a not-for profit organisation
  • Be an incorporated association
  • Operate in the City of Kingston.

Previous winners are not eligible.

Nomination process

Nominations can be submitted online or by submitting a paper form.

Nominees must agree to being nominated.

Here’s some tips to consider when writing your nomination:  

  • Showcase what makes your nominee unique
  • Write what great things your nominees is doing / has done
  • Be specific  how the nominee meets the award criteria and provide examples
  • Focus on the impact of their contribution
  • Highlight your nominee’s accomplishments by stating what they did and why it matters
  • Provide  statistics and testimonials to demonstrate significance and impact

You can also include additional information in relation to:

  • The nature and length of service to the community
  • Previous awards and recognition received
  • Difficulty of achievements and sacrifice.

For a paper form contact the Events team at

Independent referee

All nominations must have two independent referees that are:

  • Indirectly associated with the nominee
  • Offer insight into the nominee’s contribution to the City of Kingston
  • Agreed to be part of the nomination and assessment process.

Referees will be contacted in November by Council to participate in a short phone interview as part of the assessment process.   

Selection criteria

Nominations will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate commitment to the betterment of the community
  • Have significant and measurable impact on the Kingston community
  • Demonstrate they address a community need or priority
  • Demonstrate vision, excellence, leadership, innovation or creativity
  • Contribute to a liveable, prosperous, healthy and inclusive, safe, sustainable community.

Virtual information session

An online information session to assist with nominations will be held on Wednesday 20 October at 7.30pm.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Who can be nominated?
  • When and how to apply?
  • How to present a strong case for the person or organisation you are nominating?
  • The nomination and assessment process.

Register for the information session at


Entries open: 4 October 2021

Entries close: 15 November 2021

Assessment: November - December 2021

Announcement: 26 January 2022


For further information contact the events team at

2021 Award recipients

Citizen of the Year 

Daniel Maitland

Personal Trainer and fireman, Daniel Maitland has combined fitness with fundraising to create ‘Training With Mates’.

Daniel’s sister Bec was just 28 when she suffered from a stroke, changing her life forever. To raise awareness for young stroke survivors and funds for the Stroke Foundation, Daniel organised a 28km charity relay run.

Daniel has also done charity work in the past for breast cancer survivors and other charities. Training With Mates as a collective has raised $20,000 plus for charities over the years.

Outstanding Citizen

Yvonne Hong

Yvonne is the founder and CEO of Pets of the Homeless, the only charity in Victoria which works to keep people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and their pets together. Despite receiving no ongoing government funding, Yvonne’s determination has resulted in Pets of the Homeless becoming a self-sufficient business, which provides much-needed treatment and care to the pets of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Congratulations also to the other individual nominees for 2021:

  • Milenka Kupresak - A dedicated and genuine support care worker who provides a valuable support service to the most vulnerable people of our community. Milenka always go above and beyond in her duties and puts the needs of her clients first in a very caring and dedicated manner.
  • Phillip Spathopoulos - A young community driven volunteer and advocate for Mental Health. At just 21, Phillip is an Accredited Mental Health First Aider, skills he puts to use in his work with the community in his position as Westfield Southland Concierge.
  • Joey Santos - A member of the City of Kingston Arts Committee, Joey continually organises events and volunteers his service and musical skills at every opportunity, but especially in support of lonely and vulnerable members of the community. As an active member of the Filipino Community in the City of Kingston Joey has promoted the culture, tradition and customs of the Philippines to the broader community.
  • Robert Wilson - Rob has achieved excellence in his long career with St John and with expanding the public’s knowledge of Meningococcal Septicaemia.  After a long battle with Meningococcal Septicaemia resulting in amputations, Rob regularly holds public forums to raise awareness of the illness, living with amputation and inspire others with his message of how precious life is.

Community Group of the Year

Pantry 5000

Pantry 5000 provides groceries and a place to go for hundreds of people who are socially and economically disadvantaged. During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Pantry 500 had to re-jig its operations to ensure that its hundreds of recipients did not miss out. The team moved their operation out of the church hall into homes, where they packed and then personally delivered food goods to those in need.

Pantry 5000 does not only feed disadvantaged people, the group does its best to help its clients to alleviate loneliness, by offering them a helping hand and a friendly ear to talk to. When it first started in 2012, it had a team of nine volunteers. Now there are over 60 volunteers, many of whom first came to get support for themselves and joined the team to carry it forward and help others.

Congratulations also to the other community group nominees for 2021:

  • Bayside Community Information & Support Service (BayCISS) - Have been providing emergency food relief and other services to Kingston residents for may years. This support continued throughout COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, despite numerous operational and staffing challenges. During this time, BayCISS partnered with Council to provide opportunities for staff who had lost meaningful work and overcome limitations on volunteer support.
  • Legends of the Skies (also known as LOT’s) - A local theatre company that believes Australia’s history is part of the present and promotes this message by developing and performing Australian aviation stories, particularly those associated with our local Moorabbin Airport.
  • Pets of the Homeless - The only charity in Victoria which works to keep people experiencing or at-risk of homelessness and their pets together. Pets of the Homeless provides nutritious food, routine and emergency veterinary care, and/or temporary foster care, o animals in need, often saving the lives of the pets and supporting their vulnerable owners.
  • Unified Filipino Elderly Association (UFEA) - An advocate for Health and Wellness programs for elderly Filipino residents and the broader senior community in the City of Kingston. UFEA develop projects aimed at assisting the elderly to maintain a healthy, active and quality lifestyle by providing physical, social and emotional wellness.