Let’s hear it for top citizens
FROM the Governor down, West Australians have been encouraged to nominate hard-working community members for the Community Citizen of the Year awards.
Lorraine Oldridge founded Ellenbrook and Oldridge Community Meal Kitchen in 2017 to serve free meals to people doing it tough in her area.
The group’s growth – sadly, by necessity – continues to astound her.
As did the City of Swan's decision to honour the group with its active citizenship award on Australia Day earlier this year.
“I didn’t expect it,” she said. “But you wear that badge proudly and it reinforces that what you do is important in the community.”
She called on people to consider nominating a potential Community Citizen of the Year.
“Anyone who works hard in the community can get a real kick out of (winning) it to do even more,” she said.
Most local councils across WA are involved in the program, which is overseen by Auspire, the Australia Day Council of WA.
WA Governor Kim Beazley is the patron.
Awards for citizen of the year, as well as recognition of a young citizen, senior and a group or event are presented at local Australia Day functions.
The honour is designed to reward and recognise people and organisations that have made a notable contribution or given outstanding service over a number of years.
To nominate, visit www.citizenshipawards. com.au before October 31.
Anne Marie Farley, Ellenbrook and Oldridge Community Meal Kitchen founder Lorraine Oldridge, WA Governor Kim Beazley, Indrani Gunarathna and Auspire CEO Morgan Lewis.