2019 Local Citizens of the Year

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

Nominations are NOW OPEN! Click here to download the nomination form.

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
  • Looking after the environment
  • 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. 

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


2018 Local Citizens of the Year

Citizen of the Year - Helen Boyce

Helen Boyce is a long standing member of the Strathfield Community who continually contributes to the well-being of local residents from all cultures.

Currently, Helen is Secretary for both the Strathfield School for seniors and the Uniting Church Women’s Fellowship. She also assists with the Strathfield Council HSC Art Exhibition and when required, acts as secretary for the Strathfield South Probus Club.

Helen’s attitude is one of lending a hand and no task is too big. Her work inspires others to volunteer and contribute to the local community.

Young Citizen of the Year - Leon Rettie

Leon provides invaluable service to both his school community, and the wider Strathfield Community.

For the past 3 years, Leon has participated as a Tutor in Council’s Technology for Seniors program, assisting older residents to understand and use digital items such as smart phones, computers, email and more. Leon has shown great leadership in this role, often assisting in the organisation of other tutors. 

At school, Leon has served on the Student Representative Council for 3 years, providing peer support for younger students. He has also assisted with the organisation of Open Night and Orientation Day, and is currently the Editor for the school newsletter.

Leon is a community minded young man, dedicated to providing support to those around him.

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.

Honour Roll

Year Local Citizen of the Year Local Young Citizen of the Year
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