Volunteers named Wingecarribee Shire’s top citizens

27 January, 2012Posted in: Community, Events

Tireless Southern Highland volunteer Jennifer Bowe has been named Wingecarribee Shire’s 2012 Australia Day Citizen of the Year.

Jennifer dedicates much of her spare time to helping others and can often be found assisting at the local CWA, Friends of the Wingecarribee Library, the Bradman Museum and Volunteering Wingecarribee.

Jennifer is also an active participant in local community projects such as the Southern Highlands Domestic Violence Forum and International Women’s Day.

Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Brittany McCrea.

The Moss Vale High School student was also nominated for her volunteer work and peer support efforts.

Since May 2010 Brittany has logged more than 300 hours of volunteer work and has subsequently received an award from the Order of Australia Association in 2011 for her efforts.

Brittany regularly assists in fundraising efforts such as Red Cross Calling, Legacy, the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal and Relay for Life.

She has also been a member of the Mittagong Brigade of the NSW Rural Fire Service since the age of 12 and actively mentors the brigade’s junior members.

Wingecarribee Shire Deputy Mayor, Councillor Larry Whipper congratulated both winners saying they were shining examples of the wonderful Southern Highlands community spirit.

“We are very lucky to have such dedicated and hardworking community volunteers in our Shire,” he said.

“The Australia Day Awards provide an opportunity for Council to recognise those residents who continue to work for the betterment of the community.”

The recipients will be presented with their awards during Wingecarribee Shire’s Australia Day celebrations at Berrima this Thursday from 9.30am.