Council presents Australia Day Breakfast Awards

Published on 19 January 2018

Glen Eira City Council presented its annual Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year Awards during an Australia Day Breakfast at Town Hall on Friday 19 January.

Guest speaker at the Breakfast was the founder of impact Kathy Kaplan OAM. impact is a volunteer run organisation providing assistance to women and children fleeing extreme violence at home.

The Awards, which were presented by Glen Eira Mayor Cr Tony Athanasopoulos, recognise residents and community groups in the City of Glen Eira who have significantly contributed to the local community.

Twenty-five individuals and community groups were nominated for Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Group of the Year.

Citizen of the Year — Ian Butcher

Ian Butcher has contributed 35 years of community service and is the driving force behind Bentleigh RSL. Ian is loyal and hardworking and has shown unwavering commitment to the RSL, engaging in all activities and supporting the organisation in a variety of administrative and executive positions, including his current position as President.

Joint winners for Young Citizen of the Year — Cara Morgan and Lital Weizman

Cara Morgan is highly valued for her boundless warmth and energy. Cara has been extensively involved in the Scout movement at the local, national and international level. Cara is the Chair of the 5th/6th Central Moorabbin Scouts Venturers Glen Eira.

Lital Weizman is a dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer. As part of Stand Up’s Encounters Mentoring Program, Lital tutors a Year 8 student from a Sudanese refugee family. She also regularly volunteers her time to help lead Stand Up’s holiday programs for Sudanese youth and other cultural community events.

Joint winners for Community Group of the Year — Maccabi Victoria All Abilities and Inclusion Melbourne

Maccabi Victoria All Abilities provides programs that support increased access and participation opportunities for Jewish people of all abilities in sport and active recreation. The organisation works to achieve inclusive and integrated sporting and active recreational opportunities for Maccabi members of all-abilities.

Inclusion Melbourne provides unique disability support services for people with an intellectual disability. It is the only service in Victoria to have fully transitioned to a personalised support model, making the organisation a leader in its field.

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