2013 Casey Australia Day Award Winners

The annual Casey Australia Day Award winners were announced at a special ceremony on Australia Day, Saturday, 26 January 2013.

The Casey Australia Day Awards 2013 winners are:

Anne Atkin - Casey Citizen of the Year

Since being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease six years ago Anne has worked enthusiastically to improve awareness and services and therefore change the lives of those with Parkinson’s. With a background in both teaching and painting Anne has used her skills to create an art therapy group in Berwick called Painting with Parkinson’s. There are now seven Painting with Parkinson’s groups in Victoria, with two more opening in 2013, and one established in Western Australia. Anne’s mission is to establish groups Australia wide.

Sarah Dunstan - Casey Young Citizen of the Year 

Sarah is a dedicated young leader, at Casey Grammar School, who is well respected by her peers for her energetic and enthusiastic approach to all she does. As well as studying full time, Sarah volunteers her time to benefit her community including participating in World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine, Winter Sleepout 2012 and is Assistant Coach to the Casey Districts Netball Club Under 13’s team. Sarah also helps out on the St Vincent De Paul Soup Van covering areas of Berwick, Narre Warren, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne.

Jim Carson - Casey Senior Citizen of the Year 

Jim has been a dedicated member of the Berwick Anglican Church Pastoral Care Team for more than 10 years. Jim spends his time visiting sick and aged residents in Casey, driving them to and from appointments and providing communion to those unable to attend church. He provides assistance with shopping as well as many other tasks that need to be done. He has an ever ready attitude and his willingness to assist anyone in need is above and beyond the call of civic duty.

Karen Dawson - Casey Sportsperson of the Year

Karen has made a significant contribution to the sporting community in Doveton for over 30 years. She has been serving on the Committee of Management of Reid Robinson Recreation Reserves for over 20 years and has also been Secretary, Treasurer and Junior Coordinator of the Doveton Cricket Club Inc. for over 30 years. For the last four years Karen has offered free memberships for juniors at Doveton Cricket Club Inc. by fundraising for the club.

In 2013 Highly Commended Certificates were awarded to two of the individual nominees.

Jake Alway, for his sportsmanship and mentoring of other students at his school.

Maureen Smollen, whose generosity and tireless work has made a big difference to the Pearcedale community.  

The Fundraiser for Joan - Casey Community Fundraising Event/Activity of the Year Award

When Joan Graham’s house was destroyed by fire in June 2012 the local community jumped into action. The Fundraiser for Joan, a community barbeque held at Devon Meadows Primary School, was organised by a range of people from within the community. Local businesses donated sausages and bread and the staff and students from Devon Meadows Primary School donated ingredients and time to make the barbeque a success. More than $3,000 was raised to support Joan and her family and the event gave everyone the chance to show how much they care for an important member of the community.

150 Years of Literary Achievement - Casey Community Event/Activity of the Year 2012 Award

The Berwick Mechanics Institute & Free Library Inc. celebrated 150 years of community service to the people of Berwick and the City of Casey on 24 October 2012. More than 400 people attended the event and were given the chance to browse the shelves and the building, examine the private library of Lord and Lady Casey, and to view the unique paintings and collection of heritage books. The event increased the literary knowledge of those that visited and raised awareness of the organisation and the activities it provides for the Casey community.

A Highly Commended Certificate was awarded in this catergory to Blairlogie Living and Learning Inc. for the “Blairlogie Lateline” Theatre Performance.