The Hills Shire’s 2018 Aus­tralia Day Award Win­ners

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A young man who has a passion for im­prov­ing youth men­tal health, a ded­i­cated Bella Vista Farm vol­un­teer, a res­i­dent rais­ing funds to find a cure for can­cer and a net­ball club em­pow­er­ing young women to do their best on and off the court. All have all been recog­nised at The Hills Shire’s 2018 Aus­tralia Day Awards on Fri­day, Jan­uary 26. Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the awards recog­nised per­sonal achieve­ments that go be­yond the or­di­nary.

This year’s Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners are: Young Ci­ti­zen of the Year – Sina Aghamofid

Sina Aghamofid is a part of the Hills Youth Army and the Youth Vol­un­teer Force.

He re­cently joined the Headspace Na­tional Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, which sees him work­ing with other inspiring and ded­i­cated in­di­vid­u­als on im­prov­ing youth is­sues. Mr Aghamofid also vol­un­teers with Bankstown Po­etry Slam. Se­nior Ci­ti­zen of Year - Noreen Tait and Carol Baker Der­sch Noreen Tait has been a vol­un­teer with the Wir­re­anda Vil­lage for 18 years.

She has also worked with the RSL Sub-Branch in Wir­re­anda, which now ben­e­fits from an in­creased vol­un­teer pres­ence and in­clu­sion of ex-ser­vice­men and women to fa­cil­i­tate An­zac Day and Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­monies.

Carol Baker has been a vol­un­teer in The Hills for over 20 years in var­i­ous capacities, in­clud­ing help­ing to raise money for many char­i­ties.

Ms Baker is also the sec­re­tary and mem­ber of Friends of Bella Vista Farm. She is the Devon­shire Tea caterer and it is through this role she has made Bella Vista Farm such a wel­com­ing and re­lax­ing place for vis­i­tors.

Ci­ti­zen of year - Zoe Graham

Zoe Graham is the co-founder of the Hills Re­lay Ball. Over the past 11 years, Hills Re­lay Ball has raised more than $400,000 for the Can­cer Coun­cil.

Ms Graham has also helped in char­ity mis­sions over­seas, tak­ing books and sta­tion­ary sup­plies to schools in Van­u­atu and pro­vid­ing aid in Fiji.

To add to her busy vol­un­teer sched­ule, she was also on the P&C of Cas­tle Hill Pub­lic School and was a mem­ber of the Hills Safety Com­mit­tee.

Com­mu­nity Group of the Year - Com­puter Pals for Se­niors-The Hills and Gazelles Net­ball Club

Com­puter Pals – the Hills, is fully op­er­ated by a loyal band of around sixty ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing train­ers, com­puter tech­ni­cians, of­fice staff, clean­ers and even gar­den­ers, pro­vid­ing on­go­ing, valu­able tech­no­log­i­cal and so­cial con­tri­bu­tion to all se­niors, in their bid to over­come the on­go­ing, ever in­creas­ing chal­lenges via the world of tech­nol­ogy Gazelles Net­ball has been run­ning the Gazelles Em­pow­er­ment Pro­gram (GEP) for the past four year. It teaches the play­ers about them­selves, their team mates, their coaches and work­ing as a group. It gives them sim­ple strate­gies to use both on and off the court.

This year’s May­oral Com­men­da­tion Award win­ners are: May­oral Com­men­da­tions for Se­nior Ci­ti­zen of The Year Lyn Bull and Jen­nifer Crouch

Lyn Bull has of­fered a wealth of time and knowl­edge to bet­ter equip the stu­dents of Baulkham Hills North Pub­lic School with the nec­es­sary skills to read and de­velop their lit­er­acy skills.

Ms Bull has ded­i­cated her time in a vol­un­tary ca­pac­ity, both in the class­room and in small group sit­u­a­tions, fo­cus­ing on an ar­ray of lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy skills.

Jen­nifer Crouch has ded­i­cated her time to help­ing stu­dents im­prove their lit­er­acy. She helps where she can, es­pe­cially donat­ing her time to help­ing stu­dents read.

May­oral Com­men­da­tion for Ci­ti­zen of The Year Azita Ab­dol­lahian

Azita Ab­dol­lahian vol­un­teers her time to help­ing home­less peo­ple. She pro­vides food and clean clothes and cuts their hair at her sa­lon.

Ms Ab­dol­lahian is also a strong ad­vo­cate against abuse, es­pe­cially do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

In her spare time, Ms Ab­dol­lahian stud­ies psy­chol­ogy and clin­i­cal hyp­nother­apy.

Se­nior Ci­ti­zens of the Year: Noreen Tait (left) and Carol Baker The Mayor, Dr Michelle Byrne, Noreen Tait, Carol Baker and Aus­tralia Day Am­bas­sador Leanne Jones (Sky News)

Young ci­ti­zen of the year

The Mayor and Min­is­ter David El­liott con­grat­u­late Cas­tle Hill res­i­dent Zoe Graham on her Hills Shire Ci­ti­zen of the Year Award while her hus­band Pete Graham looks on.

Gazelles Net­ball team

A vol­un­teer from Baulkham Hills North pub­lic school

The Hills Dis­trict Soc­cer As­so­ci­a­tion

Con­nie Val­lis (cen­tre) from Com­put­erPals for Se­niors

May­oral Com­men­da­tion for Ci­ti­zen of The Year Azita Ab­dol­lahian

Michael Hungerford Cas­tle Hill RSL Cricket Club

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