VOLUNTEER bush fire brigade lieutenant Chris Artemis is Kwinana’s Citizen of the Year.
Mr Artemis is the one of the most active members of the Kwinana South Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, going beyond his requirement as lieutenant to speak with residents, in his own time, to discuss fire safety and mitigation techniques.
The award was presented on Australia Day by City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams and 2018 Citizen of the Year Abram Ziegelaar at Kwinana Adventure Park.
“Citizen of the Year is a prestigious award and just a small way we can thank someone like Chris who risks his own life for the safety of our community as a whole,” she said.
Mr Artemis has also been involved with the Kwinana Knights Junior Football team in the past.
Ms Adams congratulated award nominees Tanya Halliday, for her work with Aboriginal children, and Yvonne Harty, of Ngala.
“To be nominated in the Citizen of the Year Awards is an achievement in itself, and winners and nominees should be equally proud,” she said.
Youth Citizen of the Year Michellie Jones was the recipient of the 2018 Lyrik Young Person of the Year Award.
“Michellie has demonstrated a commitment and contribution to the young people of Kwinana through her work as a youth leader,” Ms Adams said.
Hard-working Kwinana Rotary Club member Mike Metcalf was named Senior Citizen of the Year.
He is as a small business owner who volunteers for senior roles within the club.
The Active Citizenship of the Year Award went to Laughing Horse Productions, a local not-for-profit theatre group based in the Kwinana area.
The Australia Day event treated the community to a free breakfast cooked by Kwinana Rotary and involved 51 people from 18 countries becoming new Australian citizens.