Valued Citizens Award: City of Melville recognises residents’ contributions


The City of Melville’s 2016 Valued Citizen and Youth Citizenship award winners.
The City of Melville’s 2016 Valued Citizen and Youth Citizenship award winners.

THE City of Melville has presented 29 residents with the Mayor’s Valued Citizen Award in recognition of their contribution of 10 years or more service to the local community.

The volunteering community was joined by special guests and Melville deputy mayor Rebecca Aubrey at the City’s Volunteer Recognition Function last month.

Guests commenced the evening with an exclusive viewing of the Botanica Exhibition at Wireless Hill Museum, and were entertained throughout the event by ABC personality and master of ceremonies Verity James as well as musician Courtney Murphy.

Ms Aubrey said the City looked forward to hosting a special event to thank its volunteers each year.

“I know that many volunteers prefer to work behind the scenes – to make a quiet but significant difference in their chosen role, but tonight, we want to put you in the spotlight,” she said.

“We want to share your incredible efforts with the community and say a very sincere thank you for all you do.

“Volunteers are such important pillars of our community providing invaluable support to so many important causes.

“Each of you devotes your time, your energy and your admirable passion for the benefit of others. You are an incredible asset to the community.”

Three Youth Citizenship Awards were also presented, recognising school age students who have contributed to their school or local community.

Mayor’s Valued Citizen Award Winners

Jason Braunstein: 10 years, Willagee Community Centre

Evan Biggs: 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch Group

Valmai Olney: 20 years, Neighbourhood Watch Group

Paul Garbutt: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Cathy Grasso: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Kathleen Paterson: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Maureen Pallot: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Irene Golding: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Harry Collins: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Dick Blom: 17.5 years, Community Information Centre

Carol Filippi: 11 years, Melville History Society

Jenny Shalders: 33 years, Melville History Society

Helen Robson: 11 years, Melville History Society

Malcolm Shalders: 12 years, Melville History Society

Kelly Green: 13 years, Capital Community Radio

John Chamberlain: 13 years, Capital Community Radio

Lynne Wells: 13 years, Capital Community Radio

Michaela Collingwood: 13 years, Capital Community Radio

Rodney Culley: 11 years, Capital Community Radio

George Azar: 25 years, Amalgamated Melville Homing Club

Leo Monaco: 16.5 years, Melville Cares

Malihe Gabriel: 10 years, Melville Cares

Ron Hunt: 14.5 years, Melville Care

John Wigham: 10 years, Kardinya Junior Football Team and 20 years, Salvation Army

Annie Carswell: 18 years, St John of God Hospital

Elaine Hedley: 16.5 years, St John of God Hospital

Lydia Read: 12 years, St John of God Hospital

Lyn Guppy: 16 years, St John of God Hospital

Sylvia Hodgkinson: 15 years, St John of God Hospital

Youth Citizenship Award Winners

Samantha Romeo: Santa Maria College

Tara Lord: Applecross Senior High

Jake Fedele (Waller): Corpus Christi College