Citizen of the Year (joint recipient)

Jan Dimmick

Jan’s contribution to various community, charity and sporting groups in the City of Boroondara and Victoria spans more than 40 years. Some of the organisations she has volunteered her services to are the Hawthorn Community Chest, the Red Cross, the Arthritis Association and St John's Camberwell.

Jan is an active member of the Melbourne Cricket Club Australia Day Committee, Boroondara Australia Day Committee, Bomber Command Association Committee and the Odd Bods Committee.

A talented sportswoman, she has been a long-term Melbourne Cricket Ground volunteer tour guide, umpired at the Australian Open, and competed in the Masters Games in athletics. Jan carried the Olympic Torch in 2000 and participated in the first leg of the Presbyterian Ladies' College 125th Anniversary Torch Relay in the same year. In 2001, she was awarded the Centenary Medal for service to community and sport.

'I love history and sport. Through volunteering, I get the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and even had lunch with the Queen,' Jan said.

Citizen of the Year (joint recipient)

Graham and Gwenda Foard

Graham and Gwenda have devoted more than 60 years of service to the City of Boroondara community. They share a long history of being members and office bearers of numerous community organisations in North Balwyn, including the Lions Club, Rotary Club, Probus Club, Apex and Neighbourhood Watch, and Boroondara Primary School Council.

Graham also has a passion for sports. He was a trainer at St Stephen's Cricket Club and the Greythorn Balwyn Youth Football Club for many years and is a life member at the North Balwyn Bowls Club.

Gwenda has volunteered for the Greythorn Girls' Friendly Society, the Bulleen T.O.W.N. Club and has been a volunteer coordinator at the Cancer Council Victoria. She also performs funerals for people who have no means to pay and specialises in funerals for RSL members.

Robert Foard, son of Graham and Gwenda, said: 'Graham and Gwenda’s commitment to their community is an achievement to be envied and emulated. They have inspired their children to continue a legacy of community service, with all of us serving our communities in various ways.'

Recently, as president and secretary respectively of the North Balwyn RSL, Graham and Gwenda were instrumental in realising a vision to create the North East Community Hub, returning the RSL site to the community through a lease to Council. The North Balwyn RSL will continue to operate in the new community facility alongside a range of community services and programs for residents.

Young Citizen of the Year

Lauren Gregory

Lauren joined the Girl Guides when she was eight. Since she was 18, she has been a unit leader for the Girl Guides in the City of Boroondara and develops and delivers fun, educational programs for girls aged seven to 13. Her commitment has enabled both the Kew and Canterbury groups to grow significantly in recent years.

'It is a rewarding and hands-on experience. I enjoy getting to know the girls individually and helping them to develop confidence and independence,' Lauren said.

Lauren is also a regular contributor to the Boroondara Scouts and Girl Guides annual showtime production. She also helps lead a range of weekend activities for girls like planting trees on National Tree Day and excursions to Scienceworks.

Volunteer of the Year

Rosemary Chapple

For more than eight years, Rosemary has volunteered through the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting and advising young offenders at police stations in the City of Boroondara and beyond. Rosemary draws on YRIPP resources and her knowledge of the legal system to ensure young people understand their rights and are connected to support services.

'Volunteering is a rewarding experience. Through YRIPP I get the opportunity to help a young person at a particularly vulnerable time in their life. The role of an Independent Person combines my interest in young people and love of teaching legal studies,' Rosemary said.

Special commendation for length of community service

  • Jean Sloman - 42 years with Samarinda Ashburton Aged Care Services
  • Barbara French - 30 years with the Salvation Army

Find out how to nominate someone for an award. For more information on the citizens awards, contact us on 9278 4475.

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