Australia Day Civic Awards
Congratulations to Camdens Australia Day Award Winners for 2021!
Camden Citizen of the Year
Over the 10 years (approx.), Silvana (along with her husband Frank) have fostered over 25 kids from the Camden and surrounding areas. She lovingly welcomes these children into her family home where they receive the same love, care and devotion enjoyed by her own 3 children.
For the last 2 years Silvana has been the President of our local Playgroup in Harrington Park (Pixies & Munchkins that runs Friday 10am - 12pm). In her role here she has been a driving force, ensuring a welcoming and engaging environment for parents and children alike.
At Harrington Park Playgroup, Silvana goes beyond her role to always ensure the children and those parents & carers that attend have a friendly, positive and supportive experience.
Silvana does all her work and volunteering without any thought of recognition or reward. She thinks consistently of others and how she can improve their lives, sharing friendship and love, offering support and joy to all those she encounters.
Young Citizen of the Year
Madison Sillett is a bright and bubbly 7-year-old girl from Camden, NSW, who has such a positive outlook on life, and absolutely adores helping everyone she meets. Despite her numerous chronic health issues including; ITP, Tourette’s Syndrome, Gastrointestinal Disease.
Madison has started her own baking business Flaky Bakey Neenish Tarts which made finalist in the 2020 Camden Local Business Awards. Madison and her mother regularly donate their signature Neenish Tarts as random acts of kindness to strangers in her neighbourhood, and also to cheer up business owners around Narellan Town Centre during these challenging times.
Madison is a three-time #1 best-selling co-author of a series of books written by children aged 5-17 years all over the world, published by the Child Author Project.
Madison continually demonstrates random acts of kindness to her teachers and peers, regularly writing notes and making cards of gratitude and thanks, plus handmade gifts like bookmarks, hoping to cheer others up, letting them know they are loved and always appreciated.
Arts & Cultural Award
Apart from being an accomplished pianist in her own right, she has committed herself tirelessly to the support and tuition of others as they seek to develop and express their love of music. She has done this in SO many ways - school teacher, choir leader, accompanist, tutor, mentor, arranger, and Director of AGAPE (Amazing Grace Academy of Performing Excellence - a community-based not-for-profit providing musical tuition across a range of disciplines.
For over 30 years, Heather personally coordinated the gathering of a combined school’s choir (over 10 local primary schools) for the annual Camden community carols event, raising money for Careflight and other charities. She currently organises Gift of Music Concerts (up to 3 per year) to showcase local rising stars, and to provide 'in concert' access to international standard musicians for the local community to enjoy and appreciate.
She organises and runs Master Classes for others involved in musical tuition throughout the local the community to encourage the growth and development of personal and professional 'excellence'. Heather also hosts various musical workshops to either introduce new people to musical expression, promote community participation of enhance progression of skill development and performance experience.
Community Group Award
Shining Starts Foundation
Shining Stars Foundation operates across 12 services from Liverpool, Macquarie fields, Campbelltown, Claymore, Rosemeadow, Narellan, Oran Park, Warragamba, Picton, Bargo, Balmoral Village and Wollongong that are 100% volunteer based.
Over the past 5 years the Shining Stars Foundation has facilitated and coordinated over 95,000 meals and thousands of emergency food hampers, hundreds of Street emergency homeless bags that have gone out to the local Liverpool, Macarthur/Camden/Wollondilly communities.
During lockdown the group was supplying homeless meals to the hotels they were in and even went to Wollongong Uni to all the students without incomes and overseas students also in the Macarthur area, helping make sure they had food to help them though COVID-19, which is still ongoing with the uni.