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Local Citizen of the Year Awards

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.

All nominees must be Australian citizens and residents of the Strathfield Council area at the time of nomination.

Nominees are judged on a number of criteria, including whether contribution was outstanding, voluntary, beneficial to the community and environment and/or of significant personal effort. A number of other criteria will also apply.

Young Citizen of the Year is open to nominees aged 16 to 25 on January 26 of the year they are being nominated for. All other nominees, including those nominated for Young Citizen will then be considered for the Citizen of the Year Award.

The awards are presented each year at Council's Australia Day celebrations.

For more information about Local Citizens of the Year, visit the Australia Day Council of NSW.

2020 Local Citizens of the Year

Citizen of the Year - Sandy Reddy

Sandy is an unsung hero and wonderful asset to the Strathfield community. Understanding the importance of community, Sandy welcomes our newest residents who have just arrived into the country by providing guidance, information and support with school enrolment and how to access beneficial programs and services run by Council.

Sandy’s commitment in serving the Strathfield community is continuously displayed through her involvement with the development of children, engagement in youth programs and her support for women in need through domestic violence programs.

Sandy makes the time to be involved in Council events and programs such as Spring Festival, Christmas Carols, Clean Up Australia Day, Share the Dignity, Remembrance Day, Australia Day, blood donation camps, World Vision and organising Chess Tournaments at local public schools. She is also an active member of the Strathfield State Emergency Services, and is currently assisting with manning the Bushfire Information Line and undertaking jobs as directed by the Strathfield SES unit.

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Young Citizen of the Year - Rishabh Somani

Rishabh is an outstanding young citizen who, regardless of his young age, has already devoted numerous hours to volunteering, fundraising and leadership at school and within the broader Strathfield community.

He has participated in leading volunteer groups at Red Shield Appeal events, Interact Club activities for the World’s Greatest Shave, regularly volunteers at the Growers Market and provides after school peer tutoring, where he helps younger students with their studies. Rishabh also takes the time to volunteer at Council events such as Movies in the Park, Spring Festival, Graffiti Removal Day, Winter Appeal and many more.

Rishabh is known for his unwavering determination to get things done, a trait that has no doubt assisted him in being President of the Interact Club, lead various initiatives and overcome any obstacle whilst also excelling academically. Rishabh perseveres to do his very best for the community, proving to be a phenomenal role model for those around him and a merit to our community.  



Honour Roll

Year Local Citizen of the Year Local Young Citizen of the Year Local Environmental Citizen of the Year
2020 Sandy Reddy Rishabh Somani  
Anthony D'Agruma
Sunil Jassal
Keith Hughes (inaugural)
Helen Boyce
Leon Rettie
Karen Pensabene & Nella Hall
Yunus Isik
Ivana Morris
Jafer Naim
Jane Pistolese
Sahil Bhandula
Dr. David Tang
May Wong
Shirley Gillett
Jaycee Bechara
Mohit Tolani
Matthew Nicholl
Niall King OAM
Prashanth Sellathurai
Ray Wilson
Tyson Parcell