Australia Day

2018 Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak, David Funnell and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, MP.

The Australia Day Citizen of the Year category was open to Camden residents aged 21 years and over as at 31 December 2017 who had given outstanding service and made a positive impact on part, or all, of the community in the past 12 months or longer.

Camden's Citizen of the Year for 2018 is David Funnell.

David has lived in Camden for more than 72 years. He was a Councillor in 1977-1980 and again in 2004-2012 and is passionate about Camden in every way. He was one of the driving forces in Council to bring Camden into the modern era while always maintaining the wonderful heritage of the area.

As one of the most successful businessmen in Camden, he has quietly contributed greatly to local community groups and assisted locals in need. He is passionate about Camden and will always do the right thing by the people of the Camden Local Government Area.

2018 Young Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak. Lubna Sherieff and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, MP.

The Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year category was open to Camden residents aged 21 years and under as at 31 December 2017 who had given outstanding service and made a positive impact on part, or all, of the community in the past 12 months or longer.

Camden's Young Citizen of the Year for 2018 is Lubna Sherieff.

Lubna is an extremely active member and youth volunteer of the Camden Youth Council. She has been a member since 2012 and has attended meetings, events and worked tirelessly on planning initiatives for the young people of Camden. Lubna was the driver behind the Camden Youth Council’s latest initiative, Paws for a Second, a project focusing on youth mental health and HSC studies.

Lubna is dedicated and passionate about her local community and does everything she can to encourage youth participation. Lubna is an inspiring young woman who presents herself as a young leader in the Camden community.

2018 Sportsperson Award

Sportsperson of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak, Jenny Lawrence, Deputy Principal of Elderslie High School accepting the award on behalf of Maddison Lewis and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, MP.

The Sportsperson Award recognised a committed sportsperson, coach, volunteer or official aged 21 years of age or over as at 31 December 2017 whose actions inspired and encouraged others while enriching the community through sport, healthy living or physical activity.

Camden's Sportspeople of the Year for 2018 is Maddison Lewis.

Maddison Lewis is an exceptional kayaker who leads by example and encourages everyone she plays with. She is an inspirational role model who has mentored many junior athletes.

Maddison has recently been crowned Australia Junior Champion and represented Australia at World Championships in Argentina. Some of her other achievements include:
• NSW CHS gold medal C1 Sprint;
• NSW CHS silver medal C1 Slalom;
• NSW CHS silver medal K1 Slalom;
• NSW CHS gold medal C2 Mixed;
• NSW CHS silver medal C2 Women’s;
• Australian All Schools silver medal C2 Mixed;
• Australian All Schools bronze medal Downriver; and
• Australian Junior Champion – Competed at World Championships.

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2018 Young Sportsperson of the Year

Young Sportsperson of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak, Natalie Sligar, Amy Sligar and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson MP.

The Young Sportsperson Award recognised a committed young sportsperson, coach, volunteer or official aged under 21 years of age as at 31 December 2017 whose actions inspired and encouraged others while enriching the community through sport, healthy living or physical activity.

Camden's Young Sportsperson of the Year for 2018 are Amy Sligar and Natalie Sligar.

Amy has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her involvement in a variety of sports. Amy has represented Camden, NSW and Australia in athletics, netball and AFL. Amy has set extremely high standards for herself which in turn encourages and motivates her teammates and younger athletes who look up to her as a role model. Amy’s personal achievements include:
• Selection in the NSW athletic team;
• Selection in the NSW U/15 Girls AFL team;
• Selection in the All Australian U/15 Girls AFL team;
• Camden and District Netball Association 2017 MVP and Lyn Hahn Award winner;
• Selection in the All Australian U/15 Netball team;
• St Patrick’s College Sportswoman of the Year; and
• Wollongong Diocese Sportswoman of the Year.

Natalie has made an outstanding contribution to the community through her involvement in netball at a variety of levels, including club, local and state. On and off the court, Natalie sets extremely high standards for herself which in turn encourages and motivates her team-mates and younger players who look up to her as a role model. Natalie’s netball achievements include:
• Camden and District Netball Association U/15 Representative Team Captain;
• Selection in the SWSAS Netball Program and the recipient of the SWSAS Netball Athlete of the Year Award;
• Selection in the NSW U/15 Netball Team. NSW received the silver medal at the Pacific Schools Game in Adelaide; and 
• Selection in the Netball NSW U/17 Netball Team. This team will compete at the Netball Australia National Championships in Adelaide in April 2018.

2018 Community Event Award

Community Event of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak, Ted Gillroy and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, MP.

The Community Event of the Year recognised individuals, informal groups or formal organisations who had made a significant and beneficial contribution to the well being or live ability of the Camden region through projects, activities or events held in the Camden Local Government Area during the 12 months prior to Australia Day 26 January, 2018.

Camden's Community Event of the Year for 2018 is awarded to Macarthur Lions Australia Day Parade.

The Macarthur Lions Club was formed in 1981 and has supported the Camden community in a wide variety of ways. They have helped support a number of local community events including Camden Festival and Paws in the Park, fundraised for lifesaving equipment for Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals and have been organising and running the Australia Day Parade through Camden since 2006. The Macarthur Lions Club consists of 24 members all of who are responsible for the smooth running of the Australia Day Parade, with more than 70 groups involved in the parade.

2018 Community Group Award

Community Group of the Year

Pictured L to R: Mayor of Camden, Lara Symkowiak, Lauren Cascuselli, Everyone Can Dance Charity President, Representatives from the Camden Lioness Club and Member for Camden, Chris Patterson, MP.

The Community Group of the Year recognised groups who's tireless work and close contact with the community encouraged inclusivity and continues to make Camden an even better place to live during 12 months prior to Australia Day 26 January, 2018.

Camden's Community Group of the Year for 2017 are the Camden Lioness Club and Everyone Can Dance Charity. 

The Camden Lioness Club was founded in 1977 and has spent more than 40 years working tirelessly to support individuals, families and groups in the local community. In 2017, Camden Lioness Club raised more than $27,000 for residents in the Macarthur area.

During 2017, Camden Lioness Club’s major projects were to supply $150,000 worth of life-saving equipment to Camden and Campbelltown Hospitals, and to refurbish Camden Hospital’s palliative care gardens. Other Camden Lioness Club projects include:
• Volunteering at Camden District Activity Centre;
• Supporting Leukaemia Foundation Light the Night;
• Providing mobility walkers for children with mobility issues;
• Knitting trauma teddies, beanies for homeless and quilting for premature babies;
• Funding a Camden Community Connections Breakfast Program; and
• Sponsoring Angel Babies, an organisation that supports early infant death.

Everyone Can Dance is a local Macarthur community driven not for profit registered dance charity. The group delivers free dance, drama and singing lessons to individuals with a disability. The group was formed five years ago in response to local needs as families reported that their children could not access the regular dance classes in the area without considerable support and at a considerable cost. There are currently 100 students enrolled in the charity and over 20 students on a waitlist. Students range in age from four to 52 years old and there is no criteria for participation aside from a love for performance and fun. The students come with a broad range of disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, intellectual disability and Cerebral Palsy, just to name a few.