Awardee army of one

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.”

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