Community Citizen of the Year 2021

On January 26, 2021 Albany will host the Community Citizenship Awards, celebrating our local everyday heroes who perform simple acts of kindness, courage, love and support within Albany for the greater good of the City. 

The winners will be announced at our Australia Day Ceremony to be held on Australia Day, 10am at the Albany Entertainment Centre. 

Please note due to COVID restrictions, this will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be available FREE from the Albany Entertainment Centre from early January 2021. 

2021 Nominees

Young Citizen of the Year Award

Jen Metcalfe - Jen was nominated for playing a key role in the establishment of ‘Meetup Albany’, a program created to combat social isolation and loneliness. As the volunteer Meetup Officer she worked closely with partners to establish and grow the program which now has over 40 volunteer hosts, and over 100 participants.

Ashley McPhail – Ashley has been recognised for her role as volunteer board member for the Albany Community Foundation. Through her role Ashley reviews applications for assistance, assists with event coordination, general administration and also acts as youth liaison for the board. 

Citizen of the Year Award

Perdita Beebe – Perdie has been recognised for over 25 years of service to the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club. She has taken on various roles including Director of Administration, Director of Lifesaving, Patrol Captain, Club Health & Safety Officer and Age Group Manager. She plays a critical role in strategic and operational functions of the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club and gives tirelessly of her time and her professionalism.

Sarah Bowles - Sarah was nominated for her commitment over the past five years to growing and building a sustainable future for the Albany Surf Lifesaving Club. As President, she has guided the club through a number of projects including organisational restructure, review of all club policy and procedures, redevelopment of the club website, and the employment of a paid club administrator.

Sarah Carroll – Sarah took over the leadership and dog coordination for the Albany Animal Welfare group at a crucial time for the organisation. She quarantines animals on her own time, and donates her vet nursing skills voluntarily to ensure the wellbeing of the animals in the organisation’s care.

Bianca D’Aprile – Bianca has been involved with the Mount Lockyer Primary School P&C for the past five years. She has been recognised for her ongoing dedication to the school through organising fundraisers, applying for grants, helping in the uniform shop and canteen, and running events. She also played a crucial role in lobbying for the redevelopment of the school which is scheduled for completion in 2022.

Veronique Derschow – Veronique was nominated by the Albany Heritage Park volunteers for the way she carries out her role as volunteer coordinator. Her care, compassion, and personal approach especially during the height of the Covid-19 restrictions was outstanding.

Lisa Kelder – Lisa has been recognised for her dedication as a volunteer with St John Ambulance. She also forms part of the volunteer leadership group and is more than willing to help others, even cooking meals for those are unwell or need extra support.

Natasha Korthius – Tash was nominated for her dedication as a volunteer for both St John Ambulance and Highway Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. Tash not only volunteers for fires within the Albany area, but has also volunteered at Esperance and was an integral team member at the Stirling Ranges fire in 2019.

Pastor Steve Marshall – in recognition of his dedication as Pastor and founder of Grace and Glory Ministries organising the annual free Community Christmas Lunch and provision of food parcels for those in need for the past 15 years. Steve has been volunteering his time for over twenty-five years in Rockingham and recently in Albany despite ongoing health issues.

Carl Olsen – Carl has been nominated for his ongoing time and dedication to volunteering at the Spencer Park Breakfast in the Park program, providing assistance to 50 people who rely on the service for food relief.

Matthew Roberts – Matthew has been recognised for volunteering for over 10 years with both St John Ambulance, and Fire and Rescue. He also maintains the volunteer fleet and other resources and in addition to responding to 000 calls he also assists at community events.

Jeremy Stewart – Jeremy was nominated for his role as co-founder for the Albany Community Foundation which has provided over $550,000 support to those in need. In addition, Jeremy has been recognised for his role as President of the Manypeaks Cricket Club, and board member of Albany Finance Ltd and Small Business Centre.

Senior of the Year

Anne Abraham – Anne coordinated Martha’s Soup kitchen at St John the Evangelist church for 23 years and has also been recognised for working as part of the ministry team.

Colin France – Colin has been recognised for his long standing contribution to the local music scene since moving to Albany in 1976. He has been a bandmaster, president and a musician for the Albany City Band (formerly the Albany Silver Band) and was involved in the purchase of the Albany Music Centre in Lancaster Road which provides a home to the City Band, as well as the Albany Symphonia.

Veroncia Hare – Veronica has been nominated for her work with the Albany Breast Cancer Group, Breast Cancer Network Australia, Arthritis Foundation Albany, Albany Breaksea Probus Club, Albany & Districts Trotting Club, and Albany Cubs and Scouts. Veronica has held various roles including Group Leader, President, Instructor, and Vice President over the past 36 years.

Helen Ralph – Helen is renowned for her baking, providing a range of baked goodies to a vast amount of organisations and events. Recently she baked over 150 scones for the Over 50’s Market Day. Helen has also volunteered her time to Field of Light, Red Cross, ARVS Breakfast in the Park and has recently started raising funds for Cycling Without Age, raising funds to purchase a trishaw that will provide elderly with the experience of cycling while being pedalled by volunteers.


Australia Day Active Citizenship Award for Community Group or Event

Albany Sea Dragons Rugby League and Sporting Club – Rick and Gen McNamra have been instrumental in developing the Rugby League Club by providing training as well as developing games and fitness schedules to ensure the sport can continue to grow.

Albany Surf Lifesaving Club – has been recognised for providing education, lifesaving services, surf sport opportunities, events and community social activities. The Club provides more than 2,688 volunteer patrol hours each December to March.

Albany Women’s Centre Kare Kits Project  - The Soroptimist International Albany has been delivering this project since 2015. This year the group collected over $20,000 in essential donations and money to provide women and children living of leaving family and domestic violence with a toiletry kit.

Albany Youth Advisory Council – the YAC has been nominated for the key role they have played in the planning and delivery of youth events, advocating for their peers on youth related issues and creating genuine change in the community. They contribute in excess of 1000 volunteer hours each year and volunteer at other events including Pride Week, Walk for Awareness and Blankets for the Homeless.

Free Community Christmas Lunch – Grace and Glory Ministries coordinated by Steve Marshall has been providing a free Christmas luncheon to anyone who is alone at Christmas over the past 15 years for free and without any obligation at all. The event attracts over 400 people from across the region each year, and each child under 12 years old is provided with a gift wrapped and personally addressed to them.

Kalgan Ladies Social Club – For 75 years, the Kalgan Ladies Social Club has been providing a social connection for women in the Kalgan district. The club also raises funds for charities and those in need including Albany Youth Support Association and Albany Women’s Refuge. The Club also sponsors the Young Cookery Award at the Albany Agricultural Show each year.

Read Write Now Albany – has been providing 1:1 tutoring and support to adults wanting to improve their literacy skills for over 40 years. Using individual learning programs volunteer tutors work to meet the goals of the adult student. The skills developed by their participants have increased their employment opportunities and enabled parents to read to their children or help them with their homework.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Albany will welcome our new citizens at an Australian citizenship ceremony on Australia Day 2021.

Australia Day provides an occasion for individuals, schools, community groups and organisations to reflect on the values of Australian citizenship and the contributions of citizens to our local communities.

Formalities commence at 10:00am at the Albany Entertainment Centre with the Community Citizen of the Year Awards, followed by the Citizenship Ceremony.

Please note due to COVID restrictions, this will be a ticketed event. Tickets will be available FREE from the Albany Entertainment Centre from early January 2021.