Cel­e­brat­ing their best

Pil­lar of Heli­don re­gion named Cit­i­zen of the Year

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Do­minic El­some do­minic.el­[email protected]­ton­star.com.au

TO SOME in the Heli­don com­mu­nity, Noleene Hill might be just the friendly face of the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel but she’s also a quiet achiever who’s al­ways there for Heli­don – and this was recog­nised last week.

Ms Hill was named 2018 Heli­don Cit­i­zen of the Year at the Heli­don and Dis­tricts Progress As­so­ci­a­tion’s awards night last Tues­day.

HDPA sec­re­tary Bree Som­mers said the award was an im­por­tant way to thank mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their ef­forts.

“It’s to hon­our and recog­nise some­one that’s done out­stand­ing work or made con­tri­bu­tions to the com­mu­nity and the dis­trict,” Miss Som­mers said.

The award recog­nised the best of the com­mu­nity and Ms Hill cer­tainly fit the bill.

“She’s al­ways been there as a sup­port for the com­mu­nity when they need to have a chat or to vent, she’s also do­nated fi­nan­cially to a lot of the town fairs and fetes and fes­ti­vals and she’s an all-round lovely lady,” Miss Som­mers said.

Ms Hill has been a pil­lar of the Heli­don com­mu­nity for nearly 30 years, first ar­riv­ing to set up the Cri­te­rion Ho­tel af­ter her pre­vi­ous lease in Glam­or­gan Vale ran out, and said she wouldn’t dream of leav­ing.

“I’m quite happy here – peo­ple are great and it’s a good lit­tle area to live,” Ms Hill said. “This is my life and I love it.”

Ms Hill was sur­prised by the award but was grate­ful for the recog­ni­tion.

“It was great – I al­ways used to have a great in­ter­est in who got it but I never thought it would be me,” she said.

“I just go about and do my lit­tle bit, I’m happy to do what I do for peo­ple.”

Miss Som­mers said about 30 peo­ple came to the awards night, in­clud­ing friends and fam­ily, to show their sup­port and thanks.

“Her fam­ily was there and they were so happy that she had fi­nally been recog­nised within the com­mu­nity and Noleene was stoked as well ... she just had smiles on her face,” she said.

Miss Som­mers said while some might not no­tice the tire­less ef­forts of peo­ple like Ms Hill, Heli­don wouldn’t be the place it was without them.

I just go about and do my lit­tle bit, I’m happy to do what I do for peo­ple.

— Noleene Hill

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RECOG­NISED: Cri­te­rion Ho­tel owner Noleene Hill has been recog­nised for her com­mu­nity work and named 2018 Heli­don Cit­i­zen of the Year.

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