Every year we ask you to think about the people who you think deserve recognition for their contribution to our local community. On Australia Day, we announce the recipient of the Boroondara Citizen of the Year Award, the Volunteer of the Year and those who have been Specially Commended for their selfless, tireless work improving the lives of others.  

It’s in this context of celebrating what unites us as a community that we hold our citizenship ceremony. This year in Boroondara our ongoing civic pride was assured with 122 people from 28 different countries becoming Australian citizens. No doubt they too will contribute to our local and broader community and have a positive impact on our city. We welcome each and every one of them and encourage them to be active members of our culturally diverse municipality.

This year we were proud to honour Vivienne Harkness with the Boroondara Citizen of the Year Award. The president of the Boroondara Stroke Support Group (BSSG) has worked tirelessly since 2011 to make a positive difference to stroke survivors (including her late husband), their carers, families and friends. 

Bernie Smith was named Volunteer of the Year for his work over many years developing the North Balwyn Community Men’s Shed. Since its launch in September 2017, Bernie has continued to supervise the workshop’s activities on a weekly basis.

Special commendations were also handed to Anne Brown for volunteering her professional skills supporting Guide Dogs Victoria for the past seven years and to Walter Scharley for volunteering his time and professional skills supporting a number of Neighbourhood Houses in Boroondara.

Cr Jim Parke



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