We love our local heroes... congratulations to our 2022 North Sydney Community Awards winners!
North Sydney Citizen of the Year Award was presented to - Stuart Warren
Stuart fundraises for the Scouts by working with a company called Box Divvy to source produce directly from farmers for distribution in the community. During the pandemic lockdown he also organised the delivery of food and other essentials to vulnerable people.
Jane Curbishley, who nominated Stuart, said there has been a significant increase in the number of children joining scouts since Stuart has been involved. “He is involved in just about every group that seeks to improve the area in which we live,” she said.
Environmental Citizen of the Year Award was presented to - David Bell
David is a Bushcare volunteer who has been helping monitor the Rakali (Australian Water Rat), as part of a citizen science project organised by Council. Thanks to David we've been able to confirm there are Rakali living in both the Sydney and Middle Harbour areas.
Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to - Akira Durran
Akira is a 16 year old student from McMahons Point, who is studying for the International Baccalaureate at Westbourne College Sydney.
As part of her role as a Ventura Scout, she is also actively involved in a company called Box Divvy. Through that program she has created some wonderful community connections by distributing responsibly-sourced produce to 50 households in the North Sydney LGA. The program supports local farmers, encourages healthy eating and significantly reduces packaging. Surplus produce from her distribution is donated to the Greenway Residents Association.
Akira earns $25 per shift and has worked 27 shifts over the past 18 months. She has decided to donate her money to World Vision and has set a target of $800. She has selected a second charity to continue to donate to once she has reached her goal.
Community Group of the Year was presented to - North Sydney RSL Sub Branch
The Sub Branch supports returned, ex-serving and current serving Defence Services men and women and their families, organises ANZAC and Remembrance Day services, and is proactive in connecting with local and community groups.
Well done to all of our winners!
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