2019 Citizen of the Year Awards

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

The 2019 Community Citizen of the Year Awards have recognised the outstanding efforts of the local Mandurah community.

 

This year 26 nominations were received for the annual Australia Day awards.

 

City of Mandurah Deputy Mayor Caroline Knight said it is a privilege to recognise all of this year’s nominees, who help make Mandurah an amazing place to live.

 

“The standard of nominations received this year, as in previous years, was very high.

 

“These awards are a great opportunity to publicly acknowledge the contribution and outstanding work of our local champions,” Ms Knight said.

 

This year’s winners:

  • Pam Bennett - Community Citizen of the Year Award

  • Ruby Liddlelow - Community Citizen of the Year Award for persons 25 years and under

  • Averil Richards - Community Citizen of the Year Award for persons over 65 years

  • Dot’s Place Peel Cancer Council WA - Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event

Background

Pam Bennett - Community Citizen of the Year Award

Pam demonstrates active citizenship by always giving back to her neighbour. She is the first to lend a hand in all situations, no matter what time of day or night and doesn't expect anything in return. She actively participates in local charity events and helps to run fundraising sausage sizzles at Bunnings for a number of different organisations.

 

In the last few years Pam has participated in the Relay for Life, Ride to Conquer Cancer and has twice shaved her head for the World's Greatest Shave. Pam has made significant contributions over the last seven years as an active member of the Mandurah Southern Districts Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. She is very involved in all aspects of training and development and has recently become an active member of the volunteer Mandurah SES.

 

Ruby Liddlelow - Community Citizen of the Year Award for persons 25 years and under

Ruby (23), has been an active member of the Mandurah community for many years and works within the arts, youth and community development sectors. Ruby runs events to activate spaces and young people and volunteers on a number of events throughout the region.

 

Ruby also encourages young people to get involved with events and initiatives around the Mandurah community. Ruby increases community capacity, coaching them to believe in their own skills and abilities and to inspire them to make change in their own community, a rare and valuable skill for a young person to possess.

 

Averil Richards - Community Citizen of the Year Award for persons over 65 years

Averil (74), has been a volunteer of Camp Quality for around 25 years and a fundraiser for the Mandurah Angel’s breast cancer support group. Averil is a tireless volunteer, fundraiser and organiser of family days and camps, supports children with cancer and their families. Around five years ago, not long after her husband died of cancer, Averil was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, with no self-pity she joined the Mandurah Angels and is now an extremely active fundraiser.

 

Dot’s Place Peel Cancer Council WA - Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group or Event

Dot’s Place Peel Cancer Support Centre opened in January 2017 providing a calming, welcoming space for anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis.  Located in a residential setting offering a range of integrated services to assist clients, carers, families and friends.  1440 clients accessed services over the past financial year.  Over the past two years, Dot’s Place has developed programs and hosted regular support groups to offer timely and appropriate support, information, counselling, financial help, practical assistance and individual assessments to people within the Peel region.

 

Dot’s Place has three employees and a team of 29 volunteers. Services and programs include; transport to help reduce anxiety, complications and the cost associated with daily travel to Fiona Stanley Hospital for radiotherapy treatment. Complementary therapies are offered by qualified volunteer therapists who provide Reiki, massage and reflexology to patients and their carers and a wig service, loaning wigs, turbans, scarves hats and beanies for as long as they are required.

 

The Community Citizen of the Year Awards program has been running since 2003.