Melville Celebrates 2018 Community Citizens of the Year

29 January 2018

One community group and three outstanding residents were presented with Awards at the City of Melville’s 2018 Australia Day celebration.

The local Australia Day event, where the Community Citizen of the Year Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony was held event, attracts a large crowd every year and the 2018 celebrations were no different, with over 600 hundred people coming together at John Creaney Park, Bull Creek, to welcome new citizens, congratulate the Community Citizen of the Year Award recipients and enjoy an Aussie barbeque breakfast hosted by the Lions Club of Bull Creek.

2018 City of Melville and the Community Citizen of the Year Award Winners

Australia Day - Citizen of the Year Winner

Ann Taylor

Ann has been a committed volunteer to at Princess Margaret Hospital Volunteers, Anglican Parish of Applecross Mothers Union Group, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education W.A. Association and Association for the Welfare of Children in Hospital WA (AWCH) for decades, taking an active role in all of them. Ann is driven, immersing herself in volunteering service at PMH and has been providing great support, encouragement and advice. She is a fantastic role model to other volunteers and staff in these organisations.

Australia Day - Youth Citizen of the Year (under 25 years of age) Winners

Darcy Pickett

Darcy has been an active, committed and passionate advocate for volunteering in the community. She has assisted many organisations such as Young Vinnies with the annual street appeals, St Patrick’s Care, Soup Patrol, Relay for Life and Run for a Reason.

Steven Thiele

Steven is an outstanding student who encourages and supports volunteering in the school and community. He has assisted with Salvation Army red shield appeal, Friday night games, UN youth programs and the war memorial for wireless hill.

Australia Day - Community Group of the Year Winner

Attitudinal Healing WA

Attitudinal Healing WA (AHWA) has played a key role in raising awareness and breaking down the stigma for people in our City living with dementia. AHWA has been key to the success of the Garden City Memory Café by offering support by way of social interaction to both people living with dementia as well as to carers. Volunteers from AHWA have also offered to assist with walking groups and reading to people living with dementia. The Heathcote Art Tours for people with dementia is another partnership where volunteers from AHWA have conversations about art and what the artwork means to the individuals and their carers who attend the tours.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey opened the event paying respect to the Bibbulmun people as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the City stands today, to the Whadjuk people, and Elders both past and present.

“On this day we importantly must stop to recognise the Noongar people as the traditional custodians of the City of Melville and the unique status of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” said Mayor Aubrey.

Mayor Aubrey congratulated the Community Citizen of the Year award winners, offering thanks and congratulations for their tireless and ongoing commitment to the community through their volunteering and support work.

“The contributions of Ann, Darcy, Steven, Attitudinal Healing WA and the Lions Club of Bull Creek have made are significant and have made a real difference for others, showing us all the foundations on which good communities should be built” he said.

The City of Melville hosts bi-monthly citizenship ceremonies at the Civic Centre, officiated by His Worship the Mayor for all new citizens, for more information visit our Citizenship page.

To nominate someone for the 2019 Australia Day Awards or for more information on volunteering, visit our Volunteering page.

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