Citizen of the Year

Inner West Council Citizen of the Year Award 2019

Jamie De Paulo, is Inner West Council’s 2019 Citizen of the Year.

Jamie is an inspirational role model because he serves as an example for the disability community (and the general community) showing that anything is possible, even for someone living with a physical disability. Jamie’s commitment to his studies and volunteering shows that he has the ability to overcome hurdles in life. He volunteers in the Inner West Library and History Services - Marrickville branch since 2016 and in that role he has entered items in the Library’s catalogue; uploaded photos on the online portfolio; and organised many for digitisation. He is currently viewing videos of local history events and documenting problems so that they can be fixed, allowing Library staff to concentrate of other areas of work in the Library. Jamie has had a major positive impact on the Inner West Council area by increasing usage of library services to the community (particularly the Portuguese Community). Jamie has also increased digital usage of the library’s material to the community. He shows passion in serving his local community in various ways: volunteering with the NSW Cancer Council on Daffodil Day; volunteering at the annual Sydney Relay for Life in 2017 and 2018 and has served as the Secretary on the 2018 Sydney Relay for Life Committee. 

 

Inner West Council Young Citizen of the Year Award 2019

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to joint winners – Arran Keith and Zarni Run.

Arran Keith is nine years old and attends Rozelle Public School in Year 3. He lives with cerebral palsy which affects all four of his limbs .Over the past 3 years Arran has: been an active swimmer at Leichhardt Pool and competes in the Saturday Races; climbed Mount Kosciusko to raise $25,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance; and run the 2km race in the Balmain Fun Run for the past three years – achieving a Personal Best each year (this year under 30 minutes). Arran was the first to represent Australia internationally in the World Para-athletics sport of Racerunning and achieved three world records for his age group and classification in Copenhagen in July 2018. He is the first internationally classified sportsman in Racerunning in Australia and a founding member of Racerunning Australia.

Zarni Tun completed Year 12 at Sydney Secondary College, Blackwattle Bay campus and is just about to take up a university scholarship through the Public Education Foundation’s Walter and Eliza Hall Trust. Public Education Foundation executive director, David Hetherington said there had been a record number of applicants for the 2018 scholarships and Zarni was selected from among them by the Panel for his academic achievements and his community involvement. Having dealt with cerebral palsy all his life, the 17-year old is passionate about change and helping others. Last year he climbed Mt Kosciusko on crutches, raising $11,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance. The Marrickville local is also a passionate musician and nature photographer and regularly rows at the Balmain Rowing Club.

Inner West Council Senior Citizen of the Year Award 2019

Joint Winners Jude Stoddart & Margaret Tung are the Inner West Council's Senior Citizens of the Year.

Jude Stoddart volunteers for the Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) and is the only dedicated ASC Employment Service volunteer working on university applications. She has pioneered ASC’s response to university access for people seeking asylum, resulting in long-lasting employment and professional opportunities for people seeking asylum.  Her clients have had a 100% success rate in securing admission.  Jude has led a years-long project to increase ASC candidates’ access to university scholarships resulting in her clients studying at UTS, Macquarie University and Western Sydney on scholarships, with many more clients gaining multiple offers of university admission. Her work has had a transformative effect on the lives and prospects of her clients.  It also creates hope within their families and communities that the next generation of people seeking asylum will have more opportunities, to learn, grow and succeed professionally and socially in Australia.  She works make the wide Australian society a more welcoming, generous and compassionate place.

Margaret Tung volunteers for the Asylum Seekers Centre (ASC) where she runs the English classes for job seekers; and offered employment workshops.  She is also a part of the Community Speakers Program, which visits schools and institutions around the city to talk about the challenges facing asylum seekers and the work undertaken at the Centre. She accompanies her clients through their journey and the process of securing employment in Australia.  She also liaises with external agencies (TAFE, SSI) to ensure her clients receive the support they deserve.

Honouring our local heroes

The Inner West Council Citizen, Senior Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards aim to recognize outstanding contributions from individuals within the inner west community.

One award is offered in each category and awarded at the Council's Australia Day event. Each of these awards will be given in recognition of people who have provided outstanding service for the welfare of the general community.

  • Applications open: Tuesday 29 May 2018
  • Applications close: 9am, Monday 26 November 2018

The Inner West Council Citizen, Senior Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards aim to recognize outstanding contributions from individuals within the inner west community.

One award is offered in each category and awarded at the Council's Australia Day event. Each of these awards will be given in recognition of people who have provided outstanding service for the welfare of the general community.

Conditions of entry

Nominees:

  • must be Australian citizens and be a resident / a student / a worker or a volunteer in the Inner West LGA;
  • must be 26 or over on 26 January 2019 to be considered for the Citizen of the Year Award;
  • must identify as a senior citizen to be considered for the Senior Citizen of the Year Award;
  • must be 25 years of age or under on 26 January 2019 to be considered for the Young Citizen of the Year Award;
  • must not be Members of Parliament, former Councillors, or employees of Inner West Council;
  • must not be members of the Australia Day Committee or have received Australian or Imperial Honours;
  • must be nominated by someone other than themselves;
  • cannot be considered for a second award in a category in which they have already received an award in a previous year; however future recognition is possible in one of the other two available awards.  For example, a person who has previously been awarded a Young Citizen of the Year award would be eligible for consideration under the Citizen of the Year or Senior Citizen of the Year categories in a following year.

Council reserves the right to withdraw an award if further information or the recipient's conduct draws the local Citizen of the Year Awards into disrepute.

Awards will not be granted posthumously.

Judging criteria

The nominee must have contributed significantly to their community in any field. The contribution will demonstrate an active concern for the rights, welfare, well-being and/or the advancement of others. Such a contribution could have been made to the general community, community groups, or individuals within the community. A person may be considered who has displayed an act of compassion, generosity or bravery.

Nominate herehttps://innerwest.smartygrants.com.au/CitizenOfTheYear2019Nomination

Late applications and those which do not meet the entry criteria (including completion of entry form) will not be able to be accepted. 

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