Awardee army of one
A COMMITMENT to ensuring Victoria Park army personnel are remembered has earned Jacqui Liddiard an honour.
Mrs Liddiard has been secretary and treasurer of the Victoria Park RSL sub-branch for eight years and was given the Town of Victoria Park Australia Day Citizenship Award for an individual.
Her main project has been researching and finding out the people eligible to be recognised with plaques at the RSL headquarters.
“It sounds strange but I’ve always been fascinated by graveyards and headstones and so it spurred me on to look into the history of people from Victoria Park who served,” she said.
“It’s quite a detailed thing to do. I get in touch with different agencies and put advertisements out to see if people fit the criteria: they must have been born in Victoria Park or lived here when they enlisted.
“There were 430 names that we verified from World War I that were put on the wall.”
Mrs Liddiard said she was verifying names from World War II to add to the other names.
“There will be at least 2500 Jacqui Liddiard (centre) with Victoria Park Australia Day ambassador Lyn Beazley and Mayor Trevor Vaughan. Jacqui Liddiard won the Australia Day Citizenship Award (individual) for her contribution and dedication to the Returned and Services League – Victoria Park Sub-branch.
Dylan Collard and Kelsi Forrest were joint winners of the Australia Day Citizenship Award in the under-25 category. Dylan and Kelsi are founding members of the Town of Victoria Park’s inaugural Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group, formed in 2013 to build relationships and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
Perth Active Depression Support Group won the Australia Day Citizenship Award for a community group for its outstanding work in assisting people suffering from depression. names; I’m hoping to finish by October or November in time for Anzac Day 2018,” she said.
“This is something that is worthwhile because these people need to be remembered.”
Mrs Liddiard said she was surprised by the honour and she did not expect to receive it.
“I was surprised by the award; I do my volunteer work to help out and not for the accolades,” she said.
“I felt special though; it was nice to be honoured and it made me feel special to be honoured. My husband, Kelvin, is a former president of the branch and my father was in the military.”