2019 Citizenship Awards
2019 Citizen of the Year: Kim Edwards
Kim has been with Waverley-Woollahra SES for 15 years and has been Unit Commander for 9 years. Her role is to assume overall command and control of the local emergency services provided by the unit in times of storm and flood. She coordinates the SES’s overall operations which include training, community outreach, operational organisation and field deployments in the local area, and all of this is done in a voluntary capacity. Kim has continually inspired greater leadership and commitment from fellow volunteers during her time at SES, and dedicates many hours beyond the regular Tuesday night requirements.
2019 Youth Award: Holdsworth NDIS and After School Volunteers
Holdsworth's under 25 year old NDIS volunteers support activities for people with disability living in the Woollahra Council area. Participants and volunteers form friendships in after school activities, school holiday outings and Saturday programs. The volunteers socialise with participants and help participants connect with the community, while learning skills and having fun. These young volunteers are a crucial support to the programs and help Holdsworth reach and help more people. Please join me in congratulating this volunteer group.
2019 Senior’s Award: Susan Diver
Susan Diver has been President of the Black and White Committee of Vision Australia (formerly the Royal Blind Society) since 2000, having been a member for the last 40 years. Under her guidance the Committee has raised over $3.5 million for children's services by Vision Australia for children with low or no vision. Annually, the Black and White Ball, which has been held for 82 years, draws a strong crowd and Susan always finds ways to entertain and delight her guests. The role of President is unpaid and Susan spends in excess of 25 hours per week dedicated to creating interesting social functions at which the donations of goods in kind by many supporting companies are turned into funds to be used by Vision Australia to help children face their many challenges.
Community Cultural and Arts Award: Martin Cohen
Martin is the longest serving President of the Woollahra Philharmonic Orchestra, having served for 8 years. He fulfils this role with dedication, leadership and charm. The Orchestra was founded in 1996 and is the leading community orchestra in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. Martin is also the orchestra's principle flautist and clarinet player. The Orchestra performs 4 public concert programs each year with a rehearsal period of 8-10 weeks for each concert. The Orchestra is a voluntary organisation and is administered by a committee. The role of the President is crucial and time consuming and Martin has, with his dedication and organising skills, made the Orchestra an asset to Woollahra.
2019 Contribution to the Local Community Award: Libby Thomas, Sue Hartley, Usha Khurana and Anna Carr
Holdsworth Community's Home Cuisine service delivers meals to isolated residents in the Woollahra Council area. Libby Thomas and Sue Hartley have volunteered as a team since 1987, amounting to over 7,000 volunteer hours. Usha Khurana and Anna Carr have volunteered as a team since 2007 and have completed a total of 2,000 volunteering hours. All four Woollahra residents are dedicated to contributing to their community. They don't just provide meals but also provide a friendly smile and social contact. By visiting someone who lives alone, they are also checking on them and making sure that they are well, when they may have no other support. Holdsworth's Home Cuisine service would not exist without volunteers such as Libby, Sue, Usha and Anna. They are commended for their decades of loyalty to our older isolated community members who rely on them to remain independent at home.
2019 Contribution to the Natural Environment Award: Louise Murray
Louise is passionate about the natural environment and has attended Bushcare for the last 20 years at Harbourview Park and Cooper Park. Louise began volunteering through a chance meeting with a Council staff member whilst walking through Cooper Park, and went on to join a fledgling Harbourview Park Group initiated by Rosie and Don White and assisted by Council. 23 years later they are still maintaining the Park, which is now a diverse patch of native vegetation which provides a sanctuary for possums, birds and reptiles, and is an important wildlife corridor between Trumper Park and Cooper Park. Over the years Louise has helped plant about 5,000 trees and shrubs, removed tonnes of weeds and branches and weeded about 10 bags of bindiis from the lawn every spring. Louise’s passion for her volunteering and way of life is inspiring to all.