Red carpet rolled out for new citizens
THE Town of Victoria Park welcomed 70 new citizens and recognised exceptional community members at an Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony last week.
Town Mayor Trevor Vaughan said he was pleased to welcome the newest citizens to the Town of Victoria Park.
“Although many of these individuals have been members of our community for years, it is a great honour to officially welcome them as Australian citizens,” he said.
“Australia Day is about celebrating our rich diversity as a nation and demonstrating our love for our country and fellow Australians.”
The citizenship ceremony was followed by the presentation of the Town of Victoria Park Australia Day Citizenship Awards.
The annual awards aim to recognise people and groups who have made a noteworthy contribution to the community.
The 2016 individual category winner was Debbie Schaffer, who has been an active member of the community for more than 15 years.
Ms Schaffer played a fundamental role in the fundraising campaign for the development of the Victoria Park Perron Centre and has worked for more than 20 years to raise funds for many charities.
“Debbie has made such a positive contribution to our community, dedicating a significant amount of time, energy and commitment to a variety of organisations in the Town and wider WA community,” Mr Vaughan said.
The 2016 community group winner was the Volunteer Task Force, a not-for-profit organisation provided services to support independence and enhance safety through volunteering.
The force helps more than 5700 people each year, with 76,000 hours of gardening services and 81,744 transport trips being done in the last year.
“The Volunteer Task Force is a wonderfully generous organisation in our community,” Mr Vaughan said.
“Its commitment and passion for volunteering has made a huge impact within the Town, enriching, enabling and supporting members of our community to achieve great things.”
Trevor Vaughan with Volunteer Task Force CEO Kath Snell.