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2017 Citizen of the Year Award Winners Celebrated

2017 Citizen of the Year Award winnersThe City of Victor Harbor is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Citizen of the Year Awards.

  • Citizen of the Year – Betty Dawe
  • Young Citizen of the Year – Ashleigh Darrie
  • Community Event of the Year – ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlon and Fun Run

Betty Dawe, the City of Victor Harbor’s 2017 Citizen of the Year, is admired by many in the Victor Harbor community. Often described as caring and selfless, Betty has given over 50 years of outstanding and significant service to the local community through her involvement with several local clubs and organisations, three of which she holds life membership. The 2017 Citizen of the Year title is testament to Betty’s extraordinary dedication and commitment to giving back to her community.

Encounter Bay resident and Young Citizen of the Year, Ashleigh Darrie has been praised for being a positive role model particularly for Indigenous youth. Ashleigh is an active member of the community and her sporting and volunteering endeavours were highly regarded by the judging panel. A driven young person, who continually pursues her own personal development, Ashleigh is blossoming through the Regional Youth Traineeship Program through which she is employed by Alexandrina Council.            

Community Event of the Year, the ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlon and Fun Run, is a prominent event on the triathlete’s calendar that has brought Victor Harbor state and national attention. It is supported by many people within the local community, with over 90 community volunteers who assist with the event from preparations, running the event and the clean-up. The event was also commended for the economic benefits it presented to the community by drawing competitors and their support crews to Victor Harbor.

“The recipients of the City of Victor Harbor’s 2017 Citizen of the Year Awards have made such an outstanding contribution to our community, and are deserving winners of this important accolade,” said City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp.

“The winners of these Awards have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment and passion for making Victor Harbor a better place, and they are an inspiration to all of us.”

Mayor Philp said the calibre of nominations received for the 2017 Awards was outstanding.

“There was again a high standard of nominations for the Citizen of the Year Awards submitted to Council which is reflective of the great community we live in with so many of our residents going above and beyond to make Victor Harbor a great place to live, work and play,” said Mayor Philp.

The 2017 Citizen of the Year Awards will be presented at the City of Victor Harbor Australia Day Celebration event held on Warland Reserve from 8am on 26 January 2017.

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