2011 Casey Citizens of the Year
The annual Casey Citizens of the Year Award winners were announced at a special ceremony on Australia Day, Monday 26 January 2011.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Shar Balmes officiated at the event and congratulated all the award nominees and winners for their outstanding dedication and ongoing contribution to the City of Casey.
The 2011 Casey Citizens of the Year Awards, along with the Casey Community Event / Activity of the Year Awards for 2010, recognise the outstanding contributions made by a variety of residents, from all walks of life and across a range of areas, to improving the community in which we live.
It is marvellous to recognise and reward the fantastic contribution of these pillars of society – who through their hard work and cooperative spirit ensure Casey is a thriving community where residents have a strong sense of identity and pride.
The successful City of Casey Australia Day Study Tour recipients were also recognised at the special ceremony on Australia Day.
Four individuals and two community groups were recognised for their valuable contributions to Casey throughout 2010.
The Casey Citizen of the Year Awards 2011 winners are:
Casey Citizen of the Year 2011 – Roger Lord
Roger Lord is a dedicated volunteer and community leader who has made a significant contribution to the Casey community over many years. At present, he supports four local community groups by contributing his expertise and time to boards and committees of management. Roger currently serves as an executive committee member and president of the Audit and Risk Committee at Beaconhills College; he is a board member and treasurer at Rideability Victoria; a board member and treasurer at Disability Capability; and treasurer for the Parenting Foundation. These groups all benefit from his wealth of knowledge and experience. Each week, Roger also takes time to teach English to a Vietnamese student as part of the Adult Multicultural Education Services Tutoring Program. Roger is committed to the professionalism and compassion for others.
Casey Senior Citizen of the Year 2011 – John Doutch
John Doutch has actively served the senior citizens of Casey for many years. Through his participation in the City of Casey Ageing Positively Reference Group, and the City of Casey’s Ageing Positively Ambassadors where he led the ‘Challenging Ageing’ program, John has made an important contribution to the needs of older persons in our community. John facilitates sessions for Probus, Lions, senior citizens and multicultural groups on subjects such as managing your health, depression, handling memory loss, myths and stereotypes of ageing, and how to age well. He has also established Men’s Discussion Groups for over 50s in Narre Warren, Cranbourne and Berwick. John is dedicated to inspiring, educating and equipping older residents within Casey to live positive and active lives, and explore avenues that will enable them to connect with the broader community and enhance their lives.
Casey Young Citizen of the Year 2011 – Romy Madeley
Although Romy Madeley is only thirteen years old, she is a dedicated young community leader who demonstrates a genuine concern for social justice issues. Romy is someone who likes to find a cause and support it. For example, in 2009 she participated in ‘Shave for a Cure’ by shaving her head to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. She also exhibits a natural capacity for leadership. During primary school, Romy was a member of the school leadership council and received two awards for leadership in her primary school year. Romy also volunteers her time at the Marillac Casey Kidz Klub, an out-of-school-care program provided for disabled teenagers, where she uses her talents in the visual and performing arts to assist them with activities. Romy is a quiet, caring young citizen who is a positive role model for others.
Casey Sportsperson of the Year 2011 – Senahid Tokalic
Senahid Tokalic exhibits exceptional soccer skills with the potential to play his sport at an elite level. In 2010, he was selected to represent Australia at the Footskills International Tournament in Singapore. He was also selected to play for the Victorian Champions League team. The Victorian Champions League is an important pathway for players who have the capacity to compete at a national level. Senahid displays exceptional leadership qualities both on and off the field. He was captain of the Year 8 school soccer team that reached the zone finals, and school class captain at Endeavour Hills Secondary College. Senahid has developed a reputation amongst his peers and teachers for being a polite and positive young man who is a role model for others.
Casey Community Event / Activity of the Year Award winners for 2010 are:
The Casey Community Activity of the Year 2010 Award – Hampton Park Fashion Show and Twilight Market
The Hampton Park Fashion Show and Twilight Market was held on Friday 24 September 2010 at Arthur Wren Hall, Hampton Park. This free family-friendly activity was organised by the Hampton Park Networking Group. Attended by more than 300 people, the Fashion Show provided an opportunity for local amateur designers to showcase their creative talents in a competition that was open to a range of fashion ideas including wearable art, recycled or natural fabrics, fancy dress, bridal, evening, casual, street and children’s wear. The Fashion Show and Twilight Market also included dance demonstrations, the opportunity for local students and residents to model, and more than $1,000 worth of prizes and giveaways to be won which has all been donated by local businesses and community groups. The activity is an outstanding example of a successful business and community partnership.
Casey Community Event of the Year 2010 Award – Australia Day ‘Day of Nations’
The Australia Day ‘Day of Nations’ event was held on 26 January 2010 at Robert Booth Reserve, Hampton Park, and was organised by the Hampton Park Progress Association in collaboration with the Hampton Park Networking Group, South Sudan Equatorians Association and Hampton Park Community Renewal. The Australia Day ‘Day of Nations’ event attracted 1,500 people who enjoyed a range of activities including an ‘Aussie’ breakfast, family games and races, performances by local and multicultural bands, and dance groups, Police and Fire Brigade displays and a special 20 minute demonstration by the RAAF Roulettes Aerobatic Team. Fundraising and contributions by local businesses, community groups and organisations ensured that all activities, food and drinks were offered free of charge, enabling families to enjoy a day out in the local area.