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2016 Citizen of the Year Award Winners

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2016 Citizen of the Year Award Winner

 

   2016 CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

   MRS VALE PEDERSON

 

 

Vale has made an outstanding voluntary contribution to the Campbelltown Community over several years and her role has had a strong focus on the advancement and wellbeing of the Campbelltown Community through her 11 year commitment to the University of the Third Age (U3A) Campbelltown Inc which focuses on learning, health and social activities for those in the Community who are over 50 years and not working full time.  For the past 5 years (March 2010-2015) Vale has been president of U3A Campbelltown and has demonstrated outstanding leadership and was awarded life membership to U3A in 2015.  Vale was also President of the Alliance of U3As in South Australia for 3 years at the same time.

Vale has also given 20 years of service to the Campbelltown Landcare Group and is a mine of information about plants and gardening.  She has only recently given up the position of Secretary of Campbelltown Landcare Group.

 

2016 Senior Citizen of the Year Award Winner

 

   2016 SENIOR CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

   MR CHRIS WARD

 

 

Chris has contributed so much to the Campbelltown Community.  He is selfless in his service and encourages future generations to give back to the Community.

Chris helps out with Egrade Athletics for people with disabilities, he is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Campbelltown/Rostrevor, a member of the Service Clubs Advisory Committee and has been a member on the Youth Advisory Committee since 2002.

Chris is very keen to engage young people and involve them in giving back to the Community.  He is a great mentor and inspiration for the members of the Kiwanis Club and from his time on the Youth Advisory Committee, he was always encouraging and supportive of the young people.

Chris has been the recipient of a Kiwanis Award for his service to the Community.

 

2016 Young Citizen of the Year Award Winner

 

   2016 YOUNG CITIZEN OF THE YEAR

   MR BENJI RIGGS

 

 

As said by someone at a fundraising cabaret recently, ‘I have never met a young person with such passion to help others with no reward whatsoever sought after for himself.  Benji just wants to help those less fortunate than him or those in need’.

Benji has raised over $25,000 for childrens’ charities through his company Spark of Inspiration, which he set up aged 13 and has performed to over 10,000 primary school children and has performed for countless charity events for disabled children with the group Broadway 4 Kidz which he directs and produces and is currently raising awareness for the Leukaemia Foundation with a target of $100,000.  Benji is involved with the African Childrens Choir and supports 5 families in Uganda each year paying for education, health care and food, as well as donating clothes and other necessities.

Benji is the recipient of the Minister for Education Award for Demonstrating Outstanding Achievement in any Endeavour 2010 and the Minister of Education Award Special Commendation for work with the African Children’s Choir 2013.  He was also a Pride of Australia Finalist – Young Leader 2015.

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