Premier citizens awarded

Paul Armishaw from Midland PCYC, Amy Robinson, City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino, Anne James, Ryan Carey from Swan Community Care Services Advisory Committee Inc and Paul Carroll.
Paul Armishaw from Midland PCYC, Amy Robinson, City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino, Anne James, Ryan Carey from Swan Community Care Services Advisory Committee Inc and Paul Carroll.

Mayor Charlie Zannino said the city received a strong field of nominations.

‘We are thrilled to have five very deserving winners of the awards,’ Cr Zannino said.

‘The nominations received bring to our attention volunteers who work tirelessly in our community to help make our suburbs better places in which to live, work and play.

‘Their contributions assist in creating connected communities, often bridging generation gaps and providing opportunities for social interaction.’

Active Citizenship award winners
PAUL CARROLL
(Gidgegannup)

With more than 20 years of service, Mr Carroll is very well known in the Gidgegannup sporting community.

He is heavily involved in a variety of sporting groups, not just as a player, but with other roles such as an office bearer, committee member and coach.

Mr Carroll has been a committee member of the Gidgegannup Basketball Club for many years, including stints as the president and vice-president as well as coach and a team manager for the boys’ teams.

For his service, the club made him a life member.

Mr Carroll is the junior vice-president of the Hills Raiders Basketball Association and previously was the Gidge Club representative on the association.

He has been a Gidgegannup Recreational Club committee member for many years and also served as vice-president.

In regards to the design and functionality of the new Percy Cullen Pavilion, he was a key conduit between the City of Swan and local football clubs.

Mr Carroll was also instrumental in the introduction of Auskick to Gidgegannup and was the first co-ordinator and coach.

He has held the position of vice-president for the Gidgegannup.

ANNE JAMES
(Bullsbrook)
Ms James works at Bullsbrook College and is one of the founding members and vice president of the Bullsbrook Residents and Ratepayers’ Association, as well as secretary of the Bullsbrook Landcare Group.

Since moving to Bullsbrook in 1992, Ms James has been a driving force behind many groups, committees and initiatives.

With two children at the Bullsbrook District High School, she quickly became interested in school activities and, after a number of years, took on the role of president of the Parents and Citizens group.

Ms James has also helped facilitate some tree planning events, engaging students in positive activities in the community.

Always concerned about the general appearance of Bullsbrook and the surrounding area, she has organised two roadside rubbish pickups as parso is the secretary of the North Swan Land Conservation District Committee (Bullsbrook Landcare Group).

Local issues have always been high on Ms James’ agenda and for the past three years she helped organise Bullsbrook’s Carols by Candlelight event with BRRA, Bullsbrook College, the local Scout and Joey Groups and St John’s Ambulance. Last year she instigated a Blue Light Disco for young people in Bullsbrook.

Active Citizen Award (under 25)
AMY ROBINSON
(Ellenbrook)
Ms Robinson is a respected

She gives her time in and out of school hours and is an inspiring role model for young people in the area.

Ms Robinson is an active member of the Bullsbrook College student leadership team and has been nominated as the 2014 school captain.

She has also been a driving force behind many activities, such as school social and sporting events, including senior and junior Blue Light discos and also volunteers to help organise the Bullsbrook Youth Out Loud project.

Outside school hours, she is a member of the Bullsbrook Scout Group and tutors younger students in maths and English.

Last year, she attended a camp in our State’s north as a charity worker with Fair Game.

Her role included helping isolated indigenous children in remote communities by providing them with sporting equipment and skills development.

Staff are assisted by a dedicated team of more than 70 volunteers, who help to provide programs, functions, outings and clubs to promote the wellbeing for the aged and disabled.

Collectively, these volunteers gave 25,588 hours of voluntary service last year to accommodate the needs of clients.

‘The role of overseeing such a wide range of services and ensuring they remain in tune with community needs is indeed an immense undertaking, but one the Swan Community Care Services Advisory Committee has risen to and it is fitting that we can acknowledge this with a Premier’s Active Citizenship Award for a Community Group,’ Cr Zannino said.

The centre, which aims to improve their lives while also helping to build community engagement, caters for up to 450 people each week.

The service is provided in partnership with Governor Stirling High School, Corridors College, Ellenbrook Secondary College and Cyril Jackson Senior Campus, the City of Swan and other youth and community agencies.