The Boroondara Citizen of the Year Awards acknowledge the unsung heroes in our community who generously devote their time to help others.
At the 2020 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony, one such hero, Ted Wilkins, was awarded ‘Citizen of the Year’ for his exceptional contributions to our community.
Ted Wilkins has been an active member of the community for many years, devoting his time to numerous organisations and community groups including the Rotary Club of North Balwyn, the North Balwyn Uniting Church Council and the Carols Committee of the North Balwyn InterChurch Council.
A long-time Rotarian, Ted has been involved in a wide range of activities raising funds for many charities and community needs, including Rotary’s mental health research fund and the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed.
“The Men’s Shed has been a wonderful thing that has given older people a sense of belonging,” Ted said. “I was 63 when I got involved in the Rotary and I wish I had got into it sooner. The entire organisation does wonderful work which helps Boroondara but also places around the country, and around the world.”
The fact that someone chose to nominate me came out of the blue, I was very surprised and very honoured to be awarded Citizen of the Year.
For over 10 years, Ted’s tireless efforts have also been the driving force behind the delivery of the Carols in the Park event at Macleay Park, from extensive fundraising, to planning, through to on-the-ground event set up and pack up.
“When I first got involved in the event we would see around 1500 to 2000 people attend, now we see up to 5000 people there. It’s such a wonderful event getting people of diverse backgrounds, from all areas of the community, together for a happy picnic event - it’s a great night,” Ted said.
Ted is a generous, reliable and astute person, offering a wealth of invaluable advice drawing on his career of over 40 years in insurance. To this day, he continues to live an active and selfless life supporting his family, organisations and causes.