Cowra’s outstanding citizens recognised
Cowra Mayor, Bill West is pleased today to announce the 2009 Australia Day Award Nominees.
The nominees represent the outstanding contributions that many quiet achievers are making to our community. A significant number of nominations were received for all four award categories reflecting the high calibre of potential candidates across the whole Cowra community.
“The judging panel had a very challenging job in assessing the nominations and selecting the overall award recipients,” explained Cr West. “Regardless of the judging outcome, all nominees should feel extremely proud of their achievements and know that their nomination for this award demonstrates their peers’ and the communities’ appreciation.”
All award nominees will be publicly acknowledged at the Cowra Australia Day Service, to be held on Monday 26 January from 8:15am in Civic Square, Darling Street. All members of the Cowra community are invited to attend this event to support the nominees and to be present for the announcement of the award recipients.
Council thanks Australia Post for their support of the NSW Local Citizen of the Year Awards.
2009 COWRA CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Ruth is probably best known for her position as Activities Coordinator at the Bilyara Retirement Village, where her imagination, resourcefulness and dedication to the Bilyara community ensure that life is never dull for its residents! Ruth continually goes over and beyond what is expected of her. As well as her contributions to Bilyara, Ruth continues to play a volunteer role in a number of committees and community activities.
Geoff is recognised for his considerable contributions to sport in Cowra, having helped establish soccer as one of the pre-eminent sports in the district through his continuous involvement as committee member, coordinator, coach or referee for the past 20 years. His enthusiasm and energy has been most evident in recent years with the establishment of the Summer Soccer competition and a young refereeing program.
For over 40 years, Max has made a continuous commitment to the betterment of the Cowra community through his volunteer involvement in organisations such as the National Serviceman’s Association, Cowra Migrant Camp, Lachlan Regional Transport, Cowra Festival of International Understanding and Cowra Breakout committees. Max consistently gives 100% to the town to lobby for improvements to services, growth of industries and tourism promotion.
Vanessa is recognised for her outstanding contributions to the people of Cowra as Salvation Army Captain coordinating activities such as the annual Red Shield Appeal, family assistance and prayer and fellowship. Vanessa’s ability to engage with the community and recruit willing volunteers is a reflection of her caring and selfless manner. Vanessa has also made considerable contribution to other organisations such as Inner Wheel and Cowra Loss and Suicide Awareness during her time in Cowra.
David Le Lievre
After sponsoring 2 Sudanese Humanitarian Refugee families to Cowra in 2004, David was appointed the position of volunteer chairman of the Cowra Chapter of Habitat for Humanity NSW in 2006. David became involved in a ‘hands-on’ role supervising the construction and recruiting volunteers. David is presently involved in the construction of a second home, and continues to contribute to the Cowra High School P&F (as President for the past six years), Cowra Loss and Suicide Awareness Group and as a long standing pastor of Cowra Family Church.
Marc has been contributing selflessly to the Cowra community over a number of years through his involvement with the Cowra Cultural Council, Musical and Dramatic Society, Carinya Board of Management and as a member of the Town Band. For the last 6 years, Marc has been the principal driving force behind the ‘Deb of the Year Ball’ which has seen thousands of dollars raised for local and national charitable organisations. He is a leader amongst his peers and provides inspiration to young people by encouraging them to take an active role in community activities.
Since returning to Cowra in 2002, Patricia has made a positive contribution to a wide range of community organisations including View Club, Red Cross, Probus and as a member of the Uniting Church. As a valued volunteer with Cowra Neighbour Aid, Pat has selflessly given of her time to make a difference to the lives of others by assisting with shopping, banking and on social outings. Her friendly, easy going nature has made her very popular with clients and co-workers.
Alan has been working tirelessly for his community for over 50 years, most recently as a member of Rotary, as Secretary/Treasurer of the Seikei Japanese Exchange Organisation and a key member of the organising committee for the Chor-Farmer Japanese Choir visits to Cowra. Alan is a key leader in Cowra’s business community having received the NSW Tourism Award for Business Excellence in 2002, and the 2008 Better Business Award for local Tourism Attractions.
2009 COWRA YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Hayley is an outstanding representative for the youth of Cowra having spent the past year volunteering her time to raise over $3000 for Kidney Foundation as a ‘2008 Deb of the Year’ entrant. Hayley has been contributing to the Cowra community as a key member of the Cowra Ballet School’s performance group’ Torsion’ and her strong leadership skills were recognised last year when she was elected as St Raphael’s School Captain.
Melanie was announced ‘2008 Deb of the Year’ after raising over $4500 for the Kidney Foundation and several local charities. Melanie’s fundraising efforts were matched by her enthusiasm and dedication to the event. Melanie’s wonderful community spirit is demonstrated by her involvement in a range of local volunteer activities including Camp Quality, fundraising projects and as a member of the Cowra High School SRC.
Erin is recognised for many achievements as a member of the Cowra High School SRC, and was recently elected as 2009 School Captain. Erin’s capacity to inspire her peers was reflected earlier this year when she initiated, prepared and presented a highly successful anti-bullying workshop for the school. Erin continues to be involved in a wide range of community activities, fundraising projects and volunteer organisations and always represents herself, school and community with distinction.
2009 DR WARREN WHILEY MEMORIAL AWARD NOMINEES
Jenny has made a long and varied contribution to arts, culture and citizenship most notably as a valued member of the Cowra M&D Society since the early 1980’s but also through her involvement in the Eisteddfod, World Peace Day and Relay for Life. In 2008, Jenny became one of the principal organisers of the Cowra Youth Drama Project designed to promote self-confidence among the youth of Cowra, and integration with the wider community.
Helen has been volunteering her time and talents for over 15 years playing piano at Weeroona Nursing Home and at the Anglican Church. Helen is a dedicated member of the Cowra Singers and View Club and is regularly involved in the Eisteddfod and with concerts at Bilyara. Helen always gives generously of her time for the enjoyment of others.
Jan’s name is synonymous with arts and culture in Cowra Shire, having volunteered tirelessly as a key member of the Eisteddfod, Festival of International Understanding, Australian Chapter of the World Peace Bell and Cultural Council. Jan’s passion for artistic based activities, especially those involving young people and dance is reflected through her role as co-coordinator of the Cowra Ballet School for the past 40 years.
2009 COWRA COMMUNITY GROUP OF THE YEAR NOMINEES
Cowra Community Chest
Cowra Community Chest provides financial assistance for families experiencing medical crisis through the delivery of a wide range of fundraising activities. Since forming in 2003, the Chest has helped over 50 families all the while ensuring the privacy of the recipient, and confidentiality of the donation process.
Cowra Community Transport Service
Community Transport consists of over 50 volunteer drivers who during 2008 contributed over 7000 hours of their time to transport frail, aged and transport disadvantaged clients to medical appointments and shopping and social outings.
Cowra Musical and Dramatic Society
The Cowra M&D have been entertaining the people of Cowra and District since 1963, and each year donates a significant percentage of its income to support projects and other charitable organisations throughout the community.