Happiness the winner on Australia Day in Vic Park

Published on 28 January 2020

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Local social enterprise Happiness Co and its founder, Julian Pace, were the winners of the Town of Victoria Park’s Community Citizen of the Year awards at their Australia Day ceremony on Sunday.

Mr Pace was awarded Community Citizen of the Year, and Happiness Co was also successful in the Active Citizenship (Group or Event) category. This is the second year in a row that Mr Pace was nominated for the Community Citizen of the Year, and he was also a finalist in this year’s Local Hero category for the state in the Australian of the Year Awards.

Mr Pace and Happiness Co focus on improving mental health, and have impacted more than 60,000 people in more than 10 countries.

Mayor Karen Vernon congratulated Mr Pace and Happiness Co for their work in the area of pre-emptive mental health.

“Happiness Co is on a mission to positively impact people’s lives and encourage others to make the world a better place,” she said.

“I am thrilled that the hard work by Julian and the team has been recognised by the Town. The service they offer is an important one for not just our local community, but also nationally and worldwide.”

The competition for Community Citizen of the Year was formidable, with Monique Alva from Endometriosis Perth Sisterhood of Support, and Katie Liew, founder of Ground & Co, also nominated.

“Unfortunately there can only be one winner for our Community Citizen of the Year, however I think the real winner here is Vic Park with so many dedicated community members and groups to offer support within the Town,” Mayor Vernon said.

The Town also acknowledged the nomination of John Smith in the Senior of the Year category, however Mr Smith passed away in December before his volunteer work with groups like VisAbility and the Perth Zoo Docent Organisation could be formally recognised.

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