Twenty citizens receive Australia Day honours
WITH true blue patriotism flowing through the community yesterday in celebration of Australia Day, Toolamba resident, Christine McKenzie took out the prestigious Greater Shepparton Citizen of the Year and Shepparton Access CEO, Wendy Shanks was named Shepparton Citizen of the Year.
Twenty locals and organisations were honoured with awards across Greater Shepparton, including Ella Westblade, who was named as Greater Shepparton Young Citizen of the Year and Murchison Tomato Festa winning Greater Shepparton Community Event of the Year.
Arcadia’s Citizen of the Year award went to Ray McManus, while Dookie’s Young Citizen of the Year award was taken out by Emily Shields, Citizen of the Year was awarded to John Sims and the Dookie A&P Show was named Community Event of the Year.
Mooroopna’s George Vearing was named Mooroopna Citizen of the Year, with the Fruit Salad City’s Young Citizen of the Year being awarded to Maddie Steiszkal.
In Murchison, Brian Burke was awarded Citizen of the Year, Grace Blackley received the Junior Sports Award and the Murchison Tomato Festa took out the Community Event of the Year award.
In Tatura, the Senior Citizen of the Year award went to Ian Grant, while Maoinin Dooley-Heath was honoured with the Young Citizen of the Year award.
Toolamba’s Citizen of the Year went to Christine McKenzie, Young Citizen of the Year went to Matthew Smith, Community Event of the Year to Toolamba Halloween and the Toolamba Community Service Award went to the Clement Family – Toolamba school bus.
In Shepparton, Hands4Nepal received the Community Event of the Year award, Citizen of the Year went to Wendy Shanks, Young Citizen of the Year to Ella Westblade, the Senior Citizen of the Year went to Maurie Rowlands and the Sports Award went to Steve Fairless.
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Dinny Adem congratulated all award recipients.
“All award winners have made significant contributions to their communities and to Greater Shepparton.
“It is fantastic to see people getting involved in organisations in their local communities and helping to make a difference and thank you to the people who took the time to submit a nomination to recognise their fellow citizens.”