Nominations urged for WA’s top citizens
A Port Hedland doctor is urging people to nominate for the 2017 Western Australian of the Year Awards.
Awards are up for grabs in seven categories which include arts and culture, business, community, professions, and sport and youth.
Dr John van Bockxmeer won the 2016 community award after he was recognised for his work with charity Fair Game Australia.
“It was a real honour to be awarded, and a testament to the people who pour their heart and soul into the community,” he said.
Dr van Bockxmeer founded the charity six years ago after he observed a disparity between communities’ access to healthy lifestyles in WA.
The Fair Game charity runs health and fitness programs in disadvantaged communities across the State.
Dr van Bockxmeer said it was good to see people from regional areas being acknowledged for the time and effort they had put in to volunteer.
Awards spokesman Anthony Hasluck said it was important for the public to recommend worthy recipients as the awards recognised the great things the community had done in WA.
He said the different categories provided the opportunity for people who had worked in any sector to win an award.
Celebrate WA chairman Michael Anghie said he hoped next year would uncover more of the State’s unsung heroes. The overall Western Australian of the Year will be selected from the winners of each category.
Nominations for the awards will close on January 31.
The winners of each category will be announced at the start of WA Day weekend.