Australia Day Civic Awards

2019 Citizen of the Year

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Pictured L to R: Camden Australia Day Ambassador Suzie Maroney OAM, Steve Cooper, Mayor of Camden Peter Sidgreaves.

This category is open to Camden residents who have made a noteworthy contribution during 2018 and/or given outstanding service to the Camden community in a non-work-related capacity over several years.

Camden's Citizen of the Year for 2019 is Steve Cooper.

Steve Cooper is an inspirational role model for the many people who have committed to a garden plot within the Camden Community Garden. Steve holds the position of President of the Community Garden committee and continues to encourage the community’s active participation in the garden.

 Steve was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Camden Park Run. Steve researched, sought approval through council and initiated the run to encourage community health and participation.

2019 Young Citizen of the Year

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Pictured L to R: Camden Australia Day Ambassador Suzie Maroney OAM, Joanna Kolevris, Mayor of Camden Peter Sidgreaves.

This category is open to young Camden Residents who have given outstanding service and made a positive import on part, or all, of the community in the past 12 months or longer.

Camden's Young Citizen of the Year for 2019 is Joanna Kolevris.

Joanna is an inspiring young woman who dedicated every moment of her spare time to helping others in the local Camden community. Joanna is currently 17 years of age and lives with her family in Camden South. She migrated to Australia from Greece approximately 5 years ago and could not speak a word of English.

Joanna has been a member of the Camden Youth Council for the past two years. She attends all Youth Council meetings and assists in the planning, coordination and implementation of local youth-led events, including Youth Week 2018 and Paws for a Second program.

2019 Sports Achievement Award

This category recognises a committed sportsperson, sporting team, coach, volunteer or official, whose actions inspire and encourage others whilst enriching the Camden community through sport, healthy living or physical activity. This category has no age restrictions.

Camden's Sports Achievement Award for 2019 is Robert Whittaker. Robert was unable to attend the Australia Day Ceremony.

Professional UFC fighter Rob Whittaker is aligned with the TAFE NSW - Gracie Aboriginal Pathways program, regularly spending time with TAFE students as part of the program, despite his hectic training and traveling schedule. By way of background, the program uses Gracie Jiu Jitsu as a conduit between disengaged youth and higher education, bringing Aboriginal students from all over NSW, including from remote areas, who come in and do a Cert 3, Cert 4 or a Diploma.

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2019 Arts and Culture Award

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Pictured L to R: Camden Australia Day Ambassador Suzie Maroney OAM, Sana Al-Ahmar, Mayor of Camden Peter Sidgreaves.

This category is for a person or group who have made an influential or valuable contribution to the city through any art form, including drama, visual art, music, verse, dance, cultural heritage, expression, literature, film and multimedia.

Camden's Arts and Culture Award for 2019 is awarded to Sana Al-Ahmar.

Sana is a long-term Camden LGA resident who has a strong commitment and has played a key role in promoting and advocating for cultural diversity. Sana’s tireless work aims to connect community members, new and old. She is a dedicated person who outside of her work life has continuously volunteered for over a decade in various programs and projects in Camden.

2019 Community Group Award

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Pictured L to R: Camden Australia Day Ambassador Suzie Maroney OAM, The Camden Show Society representatives, Mayor of Camden Peter Sidgreaves.

This category recognises groups whose tireless work and close contact with the community encourages inclusivity and continues to make Camden an even better place to live.

Camden's Community Group of the Year for 2019 is awarded to The Camden Show Society.

The Camden Show Society is a not for profit volunteer organisation that is one of the oldest community organisations in Camden. It has been producing and delivering an annual Agricultural Show since 1886 with the 132nd Show held in March 2018.

The Show provides an important rural education event for youth, schools, children and families to learn about the heritage of our area.