Three Nedlands residents take out citizen awards for Australia Day

Three Nedlands residents take out citizen awards for Australia Day

THREE Nedlands residents received recognition for their community efforts on Thursday at John Leckie Pavilion, part of the City of Nedlands Australia Day celebrations.

Maggie Wilde West was named Community Citizen of the Year for her encouragement of thousands of people, from all sectors of the community, to participate in the performing arts.

Maggie is a local writer, actress and musician and directs vocal ensemble Voiceworks – a musical theatre community that celebrates inclusion and encouragement.

She is also the founder of Voiceworks Plus, a professionally-directed musical theatre ensemble for young people living with disability.

The City’s Senior Citizen of the Year award was given to Jennifer Tessler, who trained in divisional therapy for hospitalised servicemen with the UK Red Cross, and then worked at the British Military Hospital in Hong Kong.

Her passion has also included helping people with learning difficulties and in 2014 she joined the programme ReadWriteNow – an organisation dedicated to assisting people whose literacy levels present a barrier to their full inclusion in the community.

Theadosia Kurnaiwan was awarded Youth Citizen of theYear for her active involvement in the community.

Theadosia attended high school in Indonesia where she was a part of Buku Berjalan, translating to Walking book club, where she travelled to various communities to impart reading and writing skills and encourage bi-lingual literacy.

She returned to Perth to attend University and in 2016, Theadosia founded TED X UWA, WA’s only fully student-run TED talk organisation.