Best of the best hon­oured

Wanneroo Times - - News -

A GRAND­PAR­ENTS group, com­mu­nity fundraiser, an­tibul­ly­ing ad­vo­cate and se­nior vol­un­teer were hon­oured in the City of Joon­dalup’s Aus­tralia Day awards.

Mayor Troy Pickard an­nounced win­ners of this year’s awards, with Pina Pet­tinic­chio win­ning the cit­i­zen of the year ti­tle.

Mr Pickard said the mother-of-four’s ded­i­ca­tion to serv­ing the Whit­ford Catholic Pri­mary School and the wider com­mu­nity as a whole was in­spi­ra­tional.

“Pina is well known for her fundrais­ing ex­per­tise, her drive and her de­ter­mi­na­tion to see her school and its students be the very best they can be,” he said.

Burns Beach girl Sian Wil­liams (9) won the youth prize. She was recog­nised for found­ing Kidzu­cate in 2013 when she was six.

“She started pro­duc­ing ed­u­ca­tional videos on YouTube about how to be a bet­ter kid,” Mr Pickard said.

“It has in­spired many young­sters and Kidzu­cate has grown into an ed­u­ca­tional pro­gram that re­tains one sim­ple vi­sion – to make the world a hap­pier place for kids and youth.

“Sian runs her own bully pre­ven­tion pro­gram that teaches chil­dren to be strong in­di­vid­u­als.”

Bel­don res­i­dent Sara Mu­nagorri (71) won the se­nior cit­i­zen award for over three decades of vol­un­teer­ing.

“Sara has spent many years as­sist­ing the gar­den­ing team at the Wan­neroo de­pot of Vol­un­teer Task Force, vis­it­ing the homes of el­derly and dis­abled peo­ple in our com­mu­nity, do­ing var­i­ous gar­den­ing chores,” Mr Pickard said.

“She cer­tainly comes with a solid back­ground in the field, hav­ing worked as a gar­dener with the Ed­u­ca­tion De­part­ment for near on four decades.

“She puts as much ef­fort into other peo­ple’s gar­dens as she would her own and walks the dogs of el­derly peo­ple in her church who are no longer fit enough.”

The group of the year was Grand­par­ents Rear­ing Grand­chil­dren, a not-for­profit group that sup­ports grand­par­ents who are full­time car­ers and raise their grand­chil­dren.

“The group of­fers ad­vice on sub­jects such as fi­nances, school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties, coun­selling, child­care, va­ca­tion care and food re­lief as­sis­tance,” Mr Pickard said.

“What started as a cof­fee group in 1998 has grown to pro­vide sup­port, respite and fel­low­ship for 54 fam­i­lies and 93 grand­chil­dren.”

More than 330 res­i­dents born in 26 other coun­tries be­came cit­i­zens at the Joon­dalup cer­e­mony.

Clock­wise from top left: The City of Joon­dalup Aus­tralia Day cer­e­mony; Mayor Troy Pickard with Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award win­ners Grand­par­ents Rear­ing Chil­dren. Coun­cil­lors John Lo­gan and Rus­sell Poli­wka with 2017 Youth Cit­i­zen of the Year Sian Wil­liams;...

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