2019 Citizen of the Year nominations open

NOMINATIONS are now open for the 2019 Glenorchy City Council’s Citizen of the Year Awards.

Glenorchy residents are invited to nominate fellow citizens for ‘Glenorchy Citizen of the Year’ and ‘Young Citizen of the Year’, which are awarded in conjunction with annual Australia Day celebrations.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement to the local community during the past year and/or contribution to the local community over a number of years.

2018 Citizen of the Year Lynette Green said she was very surprised when she won.

She said she thought there were people so much worthier of the award than herself.

“It’s great realising that what I do is beneficial for people and they are appreciating what I’m trying to do,” she said.

“I was asked to speak at the Multicultural Hub and also at Rotary, talking about my life and what I do.

“Physically speaking to people is way outside my comfort zone, but it’s rewarding as well.

“The past 12 months has boosted my confidence a bit more, knowing I spoke to many people.

“I would encourage people to nominate others for the awards.”

Nineteen-year-old Mitchell Woolley said his initial reaction to winning was surreal and it took him a few seconds to realise it was him.

Mr Woolley was studying at Elizabeth College and was nominated by the head of the science department, Deborah Beswick.

He is now at UTAS in his first year of medicine.

“It was a bit different being the person to shake everyone’s hands during the last year,” Mr Woolley said.

“I was asked to lay a wreath at the ANZAC service at Glenorchy and I attended a lunch with previous Citizens of the Year.

“It was incredible hearing different people’s experiences and listening to all the different things they are doing in different groups.

“It’s a good idea to nominate someone – you may not think that someone is a super hero but if they are doing something for the community, it is a thank you to them.”

Ms Green and Mr Woolley also presented at the Volunteering Awards held earlier in 2018.

Nomination forms, eligibility and further information can be found on Glenorchy City Council’s website.

Nominations close Monday 29 October 2018.

Caption: From left, 2018 Citizen of the Year Lynette Green and Young Citizen of the Year Mitchell Woolley.