Citizens recognised for their contribution
Published on 01 December 2021
The Town of Victoria Park announced the winners of its Community Citizen of the Year Awards at the popular Twilight Trio Concert Series on Saturday November 27.
Further underscoring the tightknit community feeling of the event, Mayor Karen Vernon said the awards were an important opportunity to acknowledge the incredible contributions made by groups and individuals to the social fabric of the Town.
“With so many of the Town’s residents and organisations making their own special impact on the community, it was a difficult task to select just four winners,” said Mayor Vernon.
“This year, as always, we have recognised four very deserving winners who have gone the extra mile to better the area we live in, showing fantastic leadership and setting a fine example in the process.”
“We are so pleased to lift up and celebrate these shining lights in our community.”
A volunteer firefighter, Community Citizen of the Year winner Samuel Cornish also volunteers as a live-in mentor at Fusion’s Student Household Service, offering support and encouragement to young people who’ve had to move out of home due to family conflict or other issues.
Another keen volunteer, Senior Community Citizen of the Year winner Beverley Fabb, is the Emergency Relief Coordinator at Star Street Uniting Church in Carlisle, coordinating the collection of food donations and preparing food hampers for people in need.
Young Community Citizen of the Year winner Emily Nikoletti oversees an asylum seeker and refugee program at Riverview Community Services in Burswood, as well as coordinating the weekly Asylum Seeker Hub, which has seen a large increase in people seeking its services because of the current crisis in Afghanistan.
Finally, established by Victoria Park locals Alana Levett and Amy Tait as a direct response to the impact of COVID-19, the Support our Strip Facebook Group received the Active Citizenship Award for helping businesses in the Town of Victoria Park remain active throughout the global pandemic, and creating an ongoing platform for local residents to support local businesses, which is now in its second year.