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/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.

2018 Nominations are Now Open

Do you know someone who goes the extra mile in Strathfield? 

On behalf of the Australia Day Awards, Strathfield Council is seeking nominations for people you may know in the community who, through their kindness and activities, make Strathfield a better place to be. There a variety of ways people can serve the community, some of which include:

  • Coaching local teams
  • Caring for older people
  • Charity works unselfishly raising the much needed funds to keep an organisation going
  • Volunteers who always say "I'll do it".

There are any number of areas that a nomination could come from. 

Council would like your help to recognise the unsung heroes in our midst. To participate, download and complete the nomination form below.

For more information, please call Council's Customer Service on 9748 9999.


2017 Citizens of the Year

2017 Joint Citizens of the Year - Karen Pensabene & Nella Hall

Karen is a passionate member of the Strathfield community. She has given countless hours of her time to the elderly in our area, whether through her work with Meals on Wheels or with just a smile and warm conversation. Karen has also conducted significant volunteer work with Kidney Health Australia, after receiving a kidney transplant herself.

Nella has worked tirelessly since 2012 to gain public support for the cause of Local Government. Since 2007, through public radio broadcasting, Nella has provided a voice for the community in our local area. Her 2 weekly radio programs have benefitted the community to ensure that local community groups are able to engage with the local residents through radio.

Karen and Nella have devoted their time to the ‘Save Our Strathfield’ cause which has been fighting the State Government’s merger proposals since their inception. They have shown great devotion to the Strathfield community by promoting its heritage and its way of life and have fought hard to preserve it.

Karen & Nella are truly valuable members of this community and embody the love we all share for our home.

2017 Young Citizen of the Year - Yunus Isik

Yunus is an exceptional young man who despite his youth has already devoted a significant amount of time to charity work. He has participated in leading volunteer groups at Harmony Day events, campus activities for White Ribbon Day, and regularly volunteers at the Islamic Cultural Centre where he mentors young people with their studies.

Yunus is known as a ‘go to’ person who ‘gets things done’, a trait which no doubt assisted him in establishing his own charity with former classmates called ‘Colours Foundation’. This charity provides support and mentoring for local young people who are at a disadvantage with a key aim being to assist young people to gain the skills they need to enter the workforce with confidence.

Yunus is an incredible role model for those around him and an asset to our community.

Honour Roll

Year Citizen of the Year Young Citizen of the Year
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