Top hon­ours awarded to cit­i­zens on Aus­tralia Day

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS -

AF­TER more than ten years pro­vid­ing sup­port to thousands of fam­i­lies through Gate­way Care, De­bra Knight has been named Sun­shine Coast Citizen of the Year for her un­wa­ver­ing and self­less sup­port for com­mu­nity mem­bers in need.

De­bra has grown the Gate­way Care pro­gram to more than 4000 fam­i­lies on its data­base with at least 800 fam­i­lies be­ing sup­ported with low cost gro­ceries each week.

Mayor Mark Jamieson said this year’s awards again high­lighted the out­stand­ing work of a num­ber of com­mu­nity-fo­cussed cit­i­zens and or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Our nom­i­nees in the Aus­tralia Day Awards are a very spe­cial group of achiev­ers and this is our chance to say thank you,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“Their sto­ries and ef­forts are in­spi­ra­tional and high­light how for­tu­nate we are to have so many every­day heroes walk­ing amongst us.”

Aus­tralia Day Award win­ners

De­bra Knight – Citizen of the Year; Evie Mar­shall – Young Citizen of the Year; David Woodrow – Se­nior Citizen of the Year; endED – Com­mu­nity Group or Or­gan­i­sa­tion; Art on Cairn­cross – Cre­ative; Wildlife Vol­un­teer As­so­ci­a­tion and Ju­nior Eco-Lead­ers, Coolum and North Shore Coastal Care – En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­abil­ity; Ma­roochy Ath­let­ics Club – Sport and Re­cre­ation.

PHOTO: PA­TRICK WOODS

WELL DONE: 2019 Sun­shine Coast Aus­tralia Day Ad­wards win­ners.

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