Some of Boroondara’s most outstanding community members were celebrated this morning at the 2019 Boroondara Citizen of the Year awards.
Held as part of the annual Boroondara Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre, the awards acknowledge the remarkable contributions made by the Boroondara community.
John Hudson, a long-time Rotary volunteer is the driving force behind one of Glenferrie Rotary’s major fundraisers, the Boroondara Farmers Market. John was awarded Citizen of the Year, while passionate fundraiser and environmentalist, 16 year old Rohan Hodges, was awarded Young Citizen of the Year.
Anne-Maree Polimeni received a special commendation for advocating and raising awareness of stillbirth, combating the social isolation felt by many grieving parents and families.
Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jane Addis, said the awards are an opportunity to honour those who make a real difference.
“Boroondara residents care about their community and it comes as no surprise that Boroondara has the highest rate of volunteering in Greater Melbourne, with over 26 per cent of locals undertaking voluntary work,” Cr Addis said.
“The City of Boroondara is proud to celebrate the community’s efforts through its Citizen of the Year program and acknowledges the unsung heroes who contribute their time and energy to improving the lives of others and making our community a better place.”
This year Boroondara welcomed 146 new Australian citizens, presenting a Certificate of Australian Citizenship to people from 35 different countries after they pledged their allegiance to Australia and its laws.
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