2014 Citizen of the Year Award Winners
2014 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
REVEREND DR. GILLIES MAYNARD AMBLER
Rev Dr Ambler has just completed 10 years as the Minister of the Campbelltown Uniting Church. In that time he has not only nurtured that congregation with his extraordinary compassion and intelligence, but has worked well beyond that to assist the community.
In particular, his leadership inspired his parish to embrace programs such as supporting new migrants to learn English and find accommodation, amongst other things. They instituted a system of gathering left over bread and other foods from local businesses and distributing them to needy people. They have also been essential supporters of the Eastern Domestic Violence Centre.
His research work for his Doctorate that formed the seed of his published work "Grief Wounds, Love Heals" has been an outstanding assistance to many people who have suffered terrible grief and loss in their lives, and he has followed that up with a number of seminars and presentations. He is also a talented orator, poet and lyricist. He has been an asset to the Campbelltown community and has made an outstanding contribution.
2014 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
MR JOEL HUTCHINSON
Joel has not only raised awareness among students about overseas poverty, but also among staff at Charles Campbell College. He talked confidently about his experiences on the Charles Campbell College 2012 World Challenge Trip to Vietnam and Cambodia to a staff meeting of 100 teachers. World Challenge is an organization which facilitates trips for students which involve physical challenge, and assisting in a project in a school or orphanage in a third world country.
Joel is a young Australian Citizen who shows compassion for local issues and problems in the school community and South Australia, and also for global issues of poverty and hardship. I commend him for his efforts, whilst still successfully maintaining his Year 11 studies and achieving all A's and B's in his school report.
Joel spoke at a whole school International Assembly (1100 students) about his World Challenge Trip, and as a result of this has had a huge response from Year 9 and 10 students who are keen to participate in the 2014 World Challenge Expedition.
Joel is an active member at Athelstone Uniting Church where he voluntarily plays the drums for a service once or twice a month. He helps with the creche that happens during a service occasionally.
2014 SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR
MR REGINALD CLARK
Reginald Clark was a foundation member of Area 140 of the neighbour watch area 140 in Athelstone since late 1988 and has been a member ever since.
In that time and at various times, he has been an area coordinator, secretary and treasurer of the group.
If it was not for the ongoing sterling work of Reg, the group would have foundered and ceased to exist.
He represents the area 140 on the Local Service Area coordination committee.
He heads up the local graffiti group and is the organiser of the annual Chinese New Year dinner and raffle that raises funds for the continued operation of the group.
The whole community of Athelstone has benefited from Reg's contribution to a safer environment and a community where the problems of graffiti do not attack the senses and crime is very low, almost nonexistent.