Cheryl earns Citizen of Year prize
THE Gladstone region has honoured some of its most worthy citizens with the presentation of the Gladstone Regional Council Australia Day Awards.
The awards ceremony took place at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre last Wednesday, recognising the efforts of local youth, adults and seniors for their service to the community or the feats they have achieved.
A total of 33 nominations were received for the awards in the eight categories but it was Agnes Water resident Cheryl Wickes who took the honour of being announced as 2012 Citizen of the Year.
Gladstone Regional Council Mayor Gail Sellers said the prestigious award recognised Ms Wickes' tireless community dedication and her devotion to freely giving her time and efforts.
Cr Sellers said the calibre of nominees for the 2012 awards was outstanding
"We congratulate all nominees who, as individuals, have made outstanding contributions to our community," Cr Sellers said.
"It is deeply gratifying to be able to acknowledge the achievements and talents of each and every one of these residents."
Gladstone teen Talia Galbraith was honoured with the title of 2012 Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year in recognition of her academic, sporting and cultural achievements.
Ms Galbraith, 17, actively participates in all educational areas from academia to culture and sport and shows dedication and commitment in all of her various pursuits.
She has represented Gladstone at many gymnastics meets and applies the drive and endurance she exhibits in her sporting pursuits to her community contributions.
"Ms Galbraith's achievements and efforts are commendable and as a region we are very proud to have such an outstanding young citizen within our community," Cr Sellers said.
"This award is a tribute to Ms Galbraith and acknowledges among other qualities, her responsible attitude, leadership abilities and exemplary efforts."
Ms Galbraith's endeavours have included extensive participation in school fundraising initiatives as well as involvement in fundraising for community-based events.
And after more than 30 years of service teaching speech and drama, Beth Jones was honoured with the title of Senior Cultural Award winner.
Ms Jones has dedicated many years to the Gladstone Eisteddfod in various capacities as a committee member and speech and drama and trophy co-ordinator. She prepares many students for the annual event.
Citizen of the Year Award: Cheryl Wickes
Young Citizen of the Year Award: Talia Galbraith
Senior Cultural Award: Beth Jones
Young Sports Person of the Year: Hannah Lowry
Junior Cultural Award: Thomas Hooley
Senior Sports Person of the Year: Lewis Marshall
Sports Official of the Year: Julie Maeyke
Community Event of the Year: 2011 Mount Larcom Show