2017 Citizen of the Year Award Winners
2017 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - JOINT WINNER
Ms Wendy Bennett
Wendy has contributed to the local Community and the North Eastern Community Hospital as a Volunteer for over 20 years, doing clerical duties to assist with patient admissions.
Wendy is also President of the North Eastern Community Hospital Auxiliary where she assists with raising funds for hospital equipment and operating the kiosk and has been a member for 25 years. She has also assisted with training puppies as Guide Dogs.
It has been said that Wendy and her 2 fellow volunteers in admissions are like North Eastern Community Hospital full time employees. The duties are such that they must be done each and every week.
2017 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR - JOINT WINNER
Ms Helen Wadham
Helen has been volunteering her time for more than 30 years and has always been an advocate for giving to her Community.
Helen was responsible for the extensive historic library at the North Eastern Community Hospital which is critical to recognising our past as a Community.
Helen has the ability to provide services that are as high as Secretary of the Auxiliary to knitting individual blankets for our aged care residents. Helen doesn’t distinguish her role, but rather endlessly gives of herself seeking nothing in return. There have been many recipients of Helen’s volunteering that have included patients, residents of our aged care service, medical and nursing staff and her own family.
2017 SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Ms Barbara Portell
Barbara is a Member of the Campbelltown Ladies Probus Club and willingly undertakes any duties required by the Club to make sure it runs smoothly and is prepared to help out in any way she can.
She has helped various associations and clubs in this area – namely visiting Resthaven for the past 21 years as Chaplain’s Assistant, delivering food and garments for needy families and assisting picking up elderly people in the Community to take them shopping.
Barbara is very active in supporting victims of Domestic Violence in this area and has also assisted this organisation in distributing food, clothing, taking victims shopping and also helps at the ‘Drop In’ Centre. She has also for the past 25 years helped sort toys from Target Uniting Care Christmas Tree for children in need in the Campbelltown Community. Mothers and children from Domestic Violence find her a very kind and loving person who is willing to help make their lives more worthwhile. In her own words, 'I passionately believe that people who are alone must be shown that they are loved and needed and loves seeing a smile on the face of a child when given a Christmas present. I want there to be love for all in the Campbelltown Community and I want it to begin with me’.
2017 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
Mr Savier D'Arsie-Marquez
Savier took a leading role in Youth Advisory Committee's Oxfam stall at the Moonlight Markets in 2015/16. He has been a strong supporter in discussions to establish this initiative. He has coordinated the volunteer roster as well as arriving early to set up, actively taking part in running the stall and staying late to pack down. His effort was crucial to the smooth running of the stall. Savier recently completed Year 12 and has been heavily involved in Year 12 drama productions, taking a leading role and also completing a course on acting. Savier is always cheerful, friendly and welcoming and goes out of his way to make sure that everyone feels included and brings an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the YAC (Youth Advisory Committee).
Savier has also been involved in the following:
- Appointed to the Youth Advisory Committee in April 2013 and currently in his second term
- MC at the 2016 Movies in the Park event, attended by over 1,100 people
- Assisted in running a Video Editing Workshop for young people aged
12 - 16
- Assisted with setup of the Imagination Nation 2016 event
- Helped foster contact between the YAC and Norwood Morialta High School including sharing YAC posters/events and assisting with a YAC Shac held at the school
- Assisted in the YAC Recruitment process for 2017/2018