2017 Citizens of the Year

2017 Citizen, Young Citizen and Volunteer of the Year Awards

The 2017 Boroondara Citizen of the Year Awards were announced at the Boroondara Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Hawthorn Arts Centre on Thursday 26 January 2017.

Five Boroondara citizens were honoured for their contribution to the community:
•    Citizen of the Year (joint recipients):  Jan Dimmick, Graham Foard and Gwenda Foard
•    Young Citizen of the Year: Lauren Gregory
•    Volunteer of the Year: Rosemary Chapple

In addition to the five winners Jean Sloman and Barbara French received special commendations for the length of their community service.

Jan Dimmick

Joint Boroondara Citizen of the Year

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

Graham and Gwenda Foard

Joint Boroondara Citizens of the Year

Graham and Gwenda have devoted over 60 years of service to the 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’s Safety House Program committee.

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

Meanwhile Gwenda volunteers for the Greythorn Girls Friendly Society, Bulleen T.O.W.N. Club and Cancer Council Victoria. She also performs funerals for people who have no means to pay and specialises in funerals for RSL members.

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 for long needed services, through a lease of the RSL site 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.

Lauren Gregory

Young Citizen of the Year

Lauren first joined the Girl Guides when she was eight years old. Since she was 18, she has been volunteering as a unit leader for the Girl Guides in Boroondara; developing and delivering fun, educational programs for up to 70 girls aged 7 to 13.

Lauren’s friendly leadership qualities and commitment to the Guides is greatly appreciated by other Girl Guide leaders, as well as the girls. Both the Kew and Canterbury groups have grown significantly in recent years thanks to Lauren.

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

Rosemary Chapple

Volunteer of the Year

Rosemary has volunteered for the Youth Referral and Independent Person Program (YRIPP), supporting and advising young offenders at police stations in Boroondara and beyond for over eight years, with the aim to divert young people from future offending through early intervention.

YRIPP delivers a high quality system of adult volunteers, called “Independent Persons”, who attend police interviews with young people in police custody when a parent or guardian is not available.

As an experienced legal studies teacher, Rosemary draws on her knowledge of the legal system and the program’s resources to ensure young people understand their rights and are connected to appropriate support services.

In addition to her “Independent Person” volunteering, Rosemary has been an Independent Visitor for the Commission's Independent Visitor Program for Youth Justice Centres since April 2012.

She visits young people in youth justice centres on a monthly basis to talk to them about their experiences in the centres and to facilitate communication with management. 

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

About the awards

Each year Council is proud to acknowledge the often unsung heroes in our community who give generously their time and expertise to help others.

These may be your neighbours, colleagues or family members who volunteer for charity work; who never hesitate to join an important community initiative; strive to improve community services and facilities in Boroondara, or are tomorrow's leaders full of youthful enthusiasm.

Citizen awards are presented on Australia Day.

Nominations for the 2018 will open in September 2017.

Conditions of entry

Entry in the Citizen, Young Citizen and Volunteer of the Year Award is open to all Australian Citizens who are living, studying, working or volunteering in the City of Boroondara.

Young Citizen of the Year nominees must be under 26 years of age (as at 26 January 2018).

The selection panel will consider the following criteria when assessing nominations:

  • contribution to the betterment of the community
  • commitment to civic responsibility
  • ability to demonstrate leadership
  • commitment to activities that have short and long term benefits for others
  • participation in community activities
  • demonstrated care and compassion towards others
  • achievements (school, sport, cultural activities, environmental or community groups)
  • other criteria at the discretion of the selection panel

Contact us

For more information, contact our Governance team on 9278 4475. 

To learn how to become an Australian citizen, see Information on citizenship.


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