Each year, Strathfield Council announce a Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year for local citizens/groups who have made outstanding contributions to the community.
Nominees will be judged on a number of criteria, including whether contribution was outstanding, voluntary, beneficial to the community and/or of significant personal effort. A number of other criteria will also apply.
The awards are presented each year at Council's Australia Day celebrations on January 26.
2014 Applications Now Open
Applications are now open for the 2014 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year to community members who live or work in the Strathfield Municipality. All nominees must complete an offcial application form and return it to Strathfield Council by 19 December 2013 - see application form below. For more information, please contact Council on 9748 9999.
2013 Citizens of the Year
2013 Citizen of the Year- Shirley Gillett
In 2012, Shirley received a Community Service Award from the Parliament of Australia for her commitment to teaching English as a second language.
Shirley continues to be an active resident of the Strathfield community and advocate for those in need. In 2012, Shirley received a Community Service Award from the Parliament of Australia for her commitment to teaching English as a second language.
Having been born and raised in Strathfield, Shirley has dedicated her life to family, church, community and education. Shirley has been a dedicated local secondary teacher and key learning area coordinator for over 40 years. Through St John’s West Strathfield, Shirley has also taught at Sunday school for more than 30 years and contributed her time as an ESL teacher to migrant adults.
2013 Young Citizen of the Year- Jaycee Bechara
18 year old Jaycee Bechara graduated from Santa Sabina College last year, having been elected as a Social Justice Leader involved in a number of community service activities.
Jaycee has been involved with community programs including Homework Help at St Joachim’s Primary and Night Patrol at the Matthew Talbot Homeless Centre through St Vincent de Paul. Jaycee also assisted in delivering Christmas hampers to the local area with her parish, St Martha’s Strathfield and is a member of a Youth Advisory Group on Cyber-safety.
Jaycee is looking forward to commencing a Bachelor of Business at the University of Technology, Sydney this year and hopes to one day have her own business, that prides itself on Social Corporate Responsibility, through practical and positive implementation of ethical standards, environmental sustainability and community service.
A Strathfield resident, Jaycee values her community service experiences and hopes to continuously encourage others to do the same.
|Year||Citizen of the Year||Young Citizen of the Year|
|2013||Shirley Gillett||Jaycee Bechara|
|2012||Mohit Tolani||Matthew Nicholl|
|2011||Niall King OAM||Prashanth Sellathurai|
|2010||Ray Wilson||Tyson Parcell|