Pil­lars of com­mu­nity lauded for their work

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ABRAM Ziege­laar, pres­i­dent of the lo­cal St Vin­cent de Paul, is Kwinana’s Cit­i­zen of the Year 2018.

The 83-year-old was pre­sented with his award at the City of Kwinana’s an­nual Aus­tralia Day event on Jan­uary 26.

More than 500 peo­ple at­tended the cel­e­bra­tion at Kwinana Ad­ven­ture Park.

Ebony Pavlov was awarded the Youth Cit­i­zen of the Year and the Se­nior Cit­i­zen of the Year award went to Max Bird.

The event was also a cel­e­bra­tion of 48 peo­ple who be­came Aus­tralian cit­i­zens. There was a free bar­be­cue break­fast, wa­ter slides, a DJ and a visit from na­tive Aus­tralian an­i­mals.

The Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year Awards recog­nise in­di­vid­u­als and or­gan­i­sa­tions mak­ing a no­table con­tri­bu­tion.

“Mr Ziege­laar has been a cor­ner­stone of the Kwinana com­mu­nity for many years, al­ways be­ing one of the first to help those less for­tu­nate,” Cr Adams said.

“Cit­i­zen of the Year is a pres­ti­gious award and just a small way we can thank Abram Ziege­laar for a life lived for oth­ers.”

Since mov­ing to Kwinana 50 years ago, Abram Ziege­laar has con­trib­uted to shap­ing the Kwinana com­mu­nity.

Mr Ziege­laar and his wife have been longterm mem­bers of the Kwinana Branch of St Vin­cent de Paul, pro­vid­ing on­go­ing sup­port and sta­bil­ity for count­less fam­i­lies.

At the age of 83, Mr Ziege­laar is still serv­ing as pres­i­dent of St Vin­cent de Paul.

He has played a piv­otal lead­er­ship role in plan­ning and sourc­ing of fund­ing for the cur­rent Vin­nies build­ing on the cor­ner of Medina Av­enue and Sum­mer­ton Road. Cit­i­zen of the Year – Se­nior Max Bird Mr Bird has been a mem­ber of the lo­cal Ro­tary Club for 19 years, be­ing pres­i­dent twice and has com­mit­ted his time to many dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity projects over the years.

Mr Bird spear­heads the Ro­tary Timor project that de­liv­ers clean drinking wa­ter to re­mote vil­lages. He has raised $200,000 to­wards this project so far and in­stalled wells in four re­mote vil­lages.

At­ten­dance of girls in the lo­cal schools im­proved dra­mat­i­cally, as these girls pre­vi­ously walked long dis­tances to ac­cess wa­ter for the fam­ily be­fore they could at­tend school. Cit­i­zen of the Year (Youth) Ebony Pavlov Ms Pavlov is a pas­sion­ate vol­un­teer. She gives her time to a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Unit­ing Care West, Emer­gency Ser­vice Cadets, Kwinana Tee Ball, the Kwinana Youth Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and the City’s LyriK (Lead­er­ship, Youth, Re­spect in Kwinana) program.

She in­volves her­self in com­mu­nity ac­tiv­i­ties, reg­u­larly giv­ing up her own time to help oth­ers.

Ms Pavlov is study­ing com­mu­nity ser­vices and ed­u­ca­tion sup­port so that she can con­tinue to help oth­ers in the fu­ture.

Kwinana Cit­i­zen of the Year Abram Ziege­laar City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with Cit­i­zen of the Year Abram Ziege­laar.

More than 500 peo­ple at­tended the City of Kwinana’s Aus­tralia Day event.

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