Brimbank,
19
January
2016
|
02:24
Australia/Melbourne

2016 Brimbank Australia Day Award winners

Summary

The winners of the 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony on 18 January 2016 attended by award winners and nominees, their families and friends.

The winners of the 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony on 18 January 2016 attended by award winners and nominees, their families and friends.

Awards were presented in eight categories and celebrated the achievements and contributions made by outstanding members of the Brimbank community.

  • Citizen of the Year: Despina Havelas
  • Young Citizen of the Year: Nyakeer Akoul
  • Community Wellbeing Awards: The Sunshine Hospital Visitor Guide
  • Environmental Achievement Award: Linda Roberts
  • Cultural Achievement Award: Debbie Qadri
  • Educator of the Year: Beatriz Castillo 
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Dash
  • Essential Services Excellence: Margaret Wood and Malcolm Peacock, Red Cross.

Chair of Brimbank Administrators, Mr John Watson congratulated all 2016 nominees, finalists and recipients.

“Council is pleased to be able to publicly recognise and celebrate those people who are making an outstanding contribution to the community. These awards are an opportunity for us as a community to celebrate the unsung heroes who, through their outstanding efforts, help strengthen the Brimbank community.”

“This year’s winners have demonstrated outstanding leadership and are true role models whom we can all admire,” Mr Watson said.

Mr Watson reminded residents that the Brimbank Australia Day Awards were held annually and nominations would be open later this year for the 2017 Awards.

“There are so many people in our community doing great work that goes unrecognised. I encourage people to start thinking about these individuals and groups and nominate them for an award,” Mr Watson said.

The winners of Brimbank’s Australia Day Awards for 2016 are invited to participate in the Brimbank’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony, taking place at Kevin Wheelahan Gardens on 26 January 2016 from 8am-12noon.

Brimbank’s Australia Day celebrations will begin with a free community barbeque breakfast from 8am-9.30am, and will include entertainment from the Sunshine Community Brass band, roving performers and onstage performances prior to the Citizenship Ceremony at 10am in which 220 conferees will become Australian Citizens.