Nom­i­na­tions urged for WA’s top cit­i­zens

Pilbara News - - News - Sophia Con­stan­tine

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.

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