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2022 award winners

2022 Community Award Winners

Citizen of the Year - Norman Mason

Norman Mason is one of the Broadford Cemetery Trust’s longest-serving members, having held many positions in his 32 years on the committee.

The rose garden at the Piper Street frontage to the cemetery was planned, planted, and tended to by Norman and his wife for many years. Norman set new maintenance standards for the cemetery during his time, and this high standard of care continues to drive the Cemetery Trust members today.

Access and Inclusion Champion - Mitchell Multicultural Community Association

Mitchell Multicultural Community Assoc teamed up with local businesses to help those in need during the 2021 Mitchell Diwali Festival. They organised a ‘pay it forward’ meal drive to help those impacted by COVID-19 restrictions where community members could purchase a meal from a local business that could then be picked up by those in need or delivered to them by volunteers.

Young Citizen of the Year - Tatiana Yousif

Tatiana is a pillar for her peers and community at only 12 years old. She has been helping her community by volunteering at Kilmore Miniature Railway. For more than three years, Tatiana has been a volunteer, helping with ticket sales, setting up and cleaning on running days, and working bees.

Tatiana also supports the first Kilmore Joey Scout Group, where she volunteers as a youth member for four years. Tatiana’s quiet demeanour and commitment make her a worthy recipient of this award.

Community Group of the Year - Love in Action Wallan

Love in Action Wallan has been operating for six years and is an excellent example of what it means to support others in our community.

The group began in a lounge room in Wallan, initially helping six families, and they now support more than 320. The group provides emergency non-perishable food, clothing and essential goods for anyone doing it tough, including people experiencing family violence and homelessness in the shire. In addition to emergency relief, the group also helps to link up people who are offering support with people requesting assistance.

The group holds several activities throughout the year for people who are isolated and vulnerable, including Christmas Day meals and activities and Christmas and Easter appeals providing food hampers and presents for families.

Community Event of the Year - Seymour Local Aboriginal Network NAIDOC Week 2021 event

As well as being an important event on its own, this Seymour event provided a welcome morale and energy boost following lockdowns for most of the year, and it provided a much-needed opportunity for the community to come together.

The event attracted more than 200 community members, health and service organisations, and community groups with stalls and activities offering information and fun for participants. As part of NAIDOC Week with a theme to Heal Country, the event celebrated connection to Country and promoted environmental stability.

NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate and honour Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history, and achievements.

This page was last updated on 4 April 2022.