Carolyn Ingvarson – Boroondara Citizen of the Year
The 2016 Boroondara Citizen of the Year is a passionate community leader committed to reducing our carbon footprint.
Carolyn Ingvarson is the founder and convenor of Lighter Footprints, a non-political climate change action group based in the City of Boroondara.
She works closely with community and environmental groups to achieve positive responses to climate change at a local, state and national level.
Carolyn’s leadership has been central to the success and growing membership of Lighter Footprints. In 2014, the group won a Community Environmental Recognition Award from Environment Victoria for its prolific writings on climate change. She has written letters and headed public statements by prominent City of Boroondara personalities that have been published in local and state newspapers, and meets regularly with government representatives to discuss climate change policies and action. From 2012 to 2015, Carolyn was secretary and a committee member of Climate Action Network Australia. She was a Councillor of the former City of Camberwell from 1990 to 1993.
Tanya Warms – Special commendation
Tanya was awarded a special commendation for her commitment to the community. She chaired the Gallipoli and Beyond 2015 Committee, co-founded Friends of Boroondara (Kew) Cemetery, plays an active role on the board of the Leo Baeck Centre and contributes to the Surrey Hills Historical Society.
Kathleen Hanson – Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year
At just 16 years of age, Kathleen juggles school with a myriad of community fundraising and volunteer commitments, which has seen her named the 2016 Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year.
Kathleen has been involved in fundraising for the McHappy Day for the Ronald McDonald House Charities and Ride to Conquer Cancer for the Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.
For 2 years she has provided in-home care for the elderly, and during winter 2015 she volunteered every Saturday at the Winter Sculling Series for Rowing School Victoria.
Kathleen has volunteered with the community development department of the Melbourne Football Club Kid’s Clinic for 2 weeks to promote the involvement of children in sport.
In 2015, she also served as a runner for the Women’s Football League promoting women in sport.
A committed environmentalist, she has participated in National Tree Planting Day run by the Planet Ark Environmental Foundation since 2011.
Despite her school and sporting commitments, in June 2015 Kathleen began serving as a Salvation Army charity shop assistant in Kew.
Kathleen has been recognised at school as demonstrating leadership and showing compassion to those around her.
She is also a regular blood donor.
Georgia Brown – Special commendation
Georgia was awarded a special commendation for her contribution to the City of Boroondara sporting community. For 3 years she has been a volunteer basketball coach at Special Olympics Inner East where she has coached more than 20 players with disabilities.