City of Stirling recognises volunteers with Community Citizen of the Year Awards

City of Stirling recognises volunteers with Community Citizen of the Year Awards

FIVE “outstanding volunteers” who work hard helping the community have been recognised by the City of Stirling.

The City presented the Community Citizen of the Year Awards at its citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.

Graham Paul won the main award for his volunteer work at Joe Camilleri Day Club in Scarborough, which caters for people with an intellectual disability.

He is also a driver for Stirling Community Transport and mentors students at Karrinyup Primary School through EdConnect Australia.

Mr Paul was described as having a strong rapport with clients and shows empathy and respect for people of all ages who are disadvantaged.

The youth award winner was Gerasimos Alexellis, who supports a group of seniors at Osborne Activity Centre who meet regularly for a movie and lunch day.

The “warm and friendly” 25-year-old assists with all aspects of the event, which aims to help people who are socially isolated and keep them involved in the community.

Jan Stacey was presented with the senior award, recognising her roles as a support worker at English lessons, seniors group secretary and propensity to help local seniors use public transport, venture from their homes and attend activities around Perth.
Other winners were Balcatta Cricket Club for its efforts to promote physical activity and social relationships, and collaboration with organisations and other clubs to unify a diverse range of people, and Don-Don Malith, who won a special merit award for his contributions as an advocate for the South Sudanese community and helping young people from South Sudan to integrate in the wider society.

Former City employee Freda Veaney was presented with the Volunteer of the Year Award.

Following her 30 years working at the City’s community centres and meals on wheels program, Ms Veaney continued to support community services as a volunteer since 2008.

Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin congratulated the recipients.

“I’m incredibly proud to honour these outstanding volunteers who represent everything great about our community,” he said.

“Despite different backgrounds, talents and interests, all have contributed in a unique way to make Stirling a better place. They are great role models for our City and very much deserving of this special honour.”