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Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Australia Day Awards Winners 2020

2022 Community Citizen of the Year

This year’s winners were announced at the annual Australia Day Citizenship ceremony.

The prestigious Community Citizen of the Year Awards is a partnership program of Auspire - Australia Day Council WA and local government authorities in Western Australia.

Here are the winners of all four categories:

Young Community Citizen of the Year (under 25 years) is Lily Gresele

Senior Community Citizen of the Year (65 years or over) is Gwen Stagg

Active Citizenship Award for a community group is the Applecross Town Team

Community Citizen of the Year (over 16 years) is David Milroy

Congratulations to all winners of the 2022 Community Citizen of the Year Awards

Community Citizen of the Year (over 16 years) is David Milroy

Artistic Director of Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, David has been involved in theatre in Western Australia for a number of years as a musician, director and writer. His writing/directing credits include: King Hit, Runumuk, One Day in ’67 and No Shame. He provided musical direction for Sistergirl and Dead Heart (Black Swan Theatre Company) and the Perth Theatre Company’s production of Wild Cat Falling.

In 2011, David Milroy was nominated for the Western Australian Citizen of the Year Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Entertainment, for his long standing contribution.

Lily Gresele - Young Community Citizen of the Year

Lily is a young mental health advocate promoting the discussion of mental wellbeing and the normalisation of mental health topics. Lily uses the power of social media to connect with the wider community.

In 2021 she started the ‘How to be Well’ website to fundraise for mental health causes. From 2019 to 2021 she was selected as an Australian Institute of Sport / Lifeline Custodian, promoting and supporting Lifeline’s work in the WA community.  She is also a member of the 2021 Applecross Cricket Club focus group for promoting Mental Health in Sport.

Gwen Stagg - Senior Community Citizen of the Year

Gwen has volunteered her time to help the Melville Citizens Relief Fund ‘Food Links’ program for more than 15 years. Gwen personally packs and distributes approximately 250 food boxes per year to those experiencing financial hardship.

Gwen also participates in the ‘Shoe Box of Love’ program, run by Operation Christmas Child, in organising collection and distribution of boxes of supplies to children across various countries from Africa to the Philippines. 

Applecross Town Team - Active Citizenship Group

The Applecross Town Team was created in 2019 to bring awareness to neighbourhoods and local businesses about the importance of community spirit and connectedness, knowing your neighbours and combating loneliness.

Since then they have achieved much, including a Cancer Council Fundraising Picnic, the Light up Applecross, where they decorated street trees with solar lights for Christmas, and they also installed a free Little Book Library near Applecross Primary School.

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