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Citizen of the Year

Carolyn Ingvarson

The City of Boroondara’s 2016 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.

Special commendation

Tanya Warms

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.

Young Citizen of the Year

Kathleen Hanson

At just 16 years of age, Kathleen juggles school with a myriad of community fundraising and volunteer commitments which has seen her named the City of Boroondara’s 2016 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 two 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 two weeks to promote the involvement of children in sport.

Last year, 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.

Special commendation

Georgia Brown

Georgia was awarded a special commendation for her contribution to the City of Boroondara sporting community. For three years she has been a volunteer basketball coach at Special Olympics Inner East where she has coached more than 20 players with disabilities.

Volunteer of the Year

Debbie McColl-Davis

Debbie has been named the City of Boroondara’s 2016 Volunteer of the Year for many years of distinguished volunteer service to the City of Boroondara.

Debbie is currently President of Kewfest16 and has been involved with the Kew Festival for 28 years, including eight terms as president.

She has volunteered for 14 years with the Kew Lioness group including two terms as president. She has been on the school councils of Kew East Primary School, Canterbury Girls Secondary College (15 years) and Kew High School (six years) and shared her expertise at Camberwell Showtime (12 years).

Debbie has also been on the City of Boroondara advisory committees for both Hays Paddock and Kew Court House and is currently part of the Kew Historical Society management committee.

Special commendation

Barbara Bedford was awarded a special commendation for her valuable volunteering in the City of Boroondara. Barbara has been volunteering for more than 60 years, of which 32 years have been with Guide Dogs Victoria in different capacities.

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