Published on 19 October 2021
Do you know someone whose efforts within our community should be recognised? Have you been to a local community event you enjoyed?
If you know a friend, family member, co-worker or school friend who has gone above and beyond to make our Peninsula a better place – nominate them for a 2022 Australia Day Award!
You can now acknowledge someone’s outstanding contribution to our community by nominating them in the categories of Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year.
Nominations for Community Event of the Year are also open where you can recognise a great community event either in-person or virtual you have attended or helped to organise.
Julie Saunders earned the 2021 Citizen of the Year Award for her selfless dedication to cook, pack and deliver three-course meals to around 60 households every Wednesday. Julie and a group of dedicated volunteers made in total 1,200 meals delivered to mainly older residents in need during the COVID-19 lockdown.
Julie also acts as an IP, which stands for Independent Person. This is a voluntary position administered by the Department of Justice. The role involves making yourself available 24/7 to assist young offenders aged 12-17 who have been arrested by the Police. When a parent or guardian is not available an IP is required to sit with the alleged offender to assist them through the interview.
She is a committee member for many local clubs and a keen historian writing several books on the history of Crib Point.
Other 2021 winners were:
HOW TO NOMINATE
Nominations close on Friday 5 November 2021
Nominate online by visiting: mornpen.vic.gov.au/ausdayawards
Alternatively, you can contact Christine Aslanidis on 5950 1137 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Quote attributable to Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“These awards are a wonderful opportunity to value a member of our community who has gone over and above in these difficult times. If you’ve consistently put others ahead of yourself, served tirelessly and made a difference in our community, you can be nominated and recognised.”
Photo L-R: 2021 Citizen of the Year Julie Saunders accepts her award from Mayor Councillor Despi O'Connor.
Photo credit: Tanya Fry.