Congratulations to our Boroondara Citizen of the Year, Brenton Ponza and to our Young Citizen of the Year, Henry Shirrefs.
Boroondara Citizen of the Year award
Brenton is a local volunteer, athlete and fundraiser. We recognised Brenton for his contribution to our community, in particular, with Go Zone Gymnastics.
GoZone is a therapeutic gymnastics program for children with physical or intellectual disabilities. Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Brenton joined the program at 8 years old.
Now 25 years old, Brenton has been a volunteer coach for over 5 years and is a passionate disability advocate.
Brenton is an advisor and volunteer for the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre. His dream for the future is for greater diversity and inclusivity in sport.
Boroondara Young Citizen of the Year award
Henry is 18 years old and an exceptional leader and community volunteer. He has led school and community initiatives across sustainability, environment and mental health.
He led inter-school collaborations and established an Interschool Sustainability Partnership. Henry increased mental health awareness at school and raised $47,912 for Lifeline over 3 years. He has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to helping others each step of the way.
Find out more
For more information on this award, visit Boroondara Citizen of the Year Awards.