2010 Casey Citizens of the Year
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The annual Casey Citizens of the Year Award winners were announced at a special ceremony on Australia Day, Monday 26 January 2010.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Lorraine Wreford officiated at the event, where she congratulated all award winners.
Judy Owen JP - 2010 Casey Citizen of the Year
Judy is an industrious, professional, caring and committed volunteer who has served the Casey community in a number of roles over many years. Judy has been a leader with the Australian Air League Berwick Girls Squadron for the past 20 years.
Judy is a dedicated volunteer at the Narre Warren Mechanics Institute Hall, undertaking various leadership roles including her current positions as Treasurer and Booking Officer. Judy’s commitment to the Casey community is further demonstrated by her position as a City of Casey Ageing Positively Champion.
Her advocacy for young people is demonstrated by her participation in the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program, which involves Judy being on call to attend local police stations to assist young people.
Beth Cooper - 2010 Casey Young Citizen of the Year
Beth demonstrates strong leadership skills as evidenced by her positions as School Captain and member of the Student Representative Council at Gleneagles Secondary College. Beth is recognised by her peers for her approachable, caring and reliable manner.
Beth actively engages with a broad cross section of the local community, including volunteering at a local retirement village, giving her time at two local primary schools and at community events such as the launch of the Casey Safety Village and the RSPCA.
Beth has a talent for “bridging the gap” and is a positive role model for others displaying a willingness to take on challenges both within her school and the broader community.
Judy Symons - 2010 Casey Senior Citizen of the Year
Judy’s diligent service to the Cranbourne community spans more than 25 years. As co-founder of the Cranbourne U3A (University of the Third Age) Inc., Judy has been active on the Committee in a range of roles including Treasurer, Secretary, Newsletter Editor and computer skills teacher.
Judy is committed to the Cranbourne Information and Support Service where she is the current Secretary, as well as volunteering one day a week in the Crisis Intervention and Support area.
Judy’s professional manner and calming presence puts clients at ease. Judy is an active, passionate and dedicated volunteer who leads by example and readily gives her time to a number of Casey community groups.
Berwick Highland Gathering – Rotary Club of Narre Warren Inc.
Casey Community Event/Activity of the Year – 2009 Award
The 23rd Berwick Highland Gathering was conducted on Sunday 8 February 2009 at Akoonah Park, Berwick. A low cost family event, organised by a dedicated team of volunteers, it provides an opportunity to celebrate and embrace Scottish heritage. In 2009, the event attracted around 4000 people who experienced Scottish culture, including a pipe band competition and a parade of massed bands, dancing, dog shows, sporting displays and heavy games such as the traditional caber tossing.