Fairfield Council would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2013 Austraila Day Community Awards.
Fairfield City 2013 Citizen of the Year
Dr Aunty Mavis Robinson
Dr Aunty Mavis (Mae) has been a resident of the Fairfield Local Government Area for the past 41 years.
Dr Aunty Mae is an Aboriginal Elder who has spent many years working with primary and secondary students encouraging teaching, reading and launguage development.
She has played a vital role in the development of the South Western Sydney Regional Aboriginal Student Achievement Awards which encourages academic excellence for Aboriginal people.
As a foundation member for he Fairfield Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Dr Aunty Mae has been involved in the development of Council's first Aboriginal Statement of Committee Action Plan and the development of Council's document 'Dyalgala - To Embrace' Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reconciliation Action Plan for Fairfield City 2011 - 2016.
In 2012, she was awarded the title Eler on Campus for UWS 2012 for Employment and Engagement, in recognition of her outstanding community service and leadership.
Her achievements and awards include an Honorary Doctorate of Letters for outstanding contribution to Indigenous Education by UWS by the Board of Trustees of the University of Western Sydney; Director General's Award for Execellent Service to Public Education; Leaders in Indigenous Higher Education Advisory Council Award; Life Membership - NSW Aboriginal Educational Consultative Group Inc.
Fairfield City 2013, Young Citizen of the Year
Angel was born with mild autism that remained undiagnosed until he entered high school. As an active member of the community, Angel has participated in a number of community events.
He has been invovled in many community events including the Cancer Council Relay for Life program to help raise awareness and donations for cancer sufferes.
As a member of the Fairfield Youth Advisory Committee (YAC), Angel provided valuable input and contributions to youth related development and matters.
During his time as part of the YAC team, Angel volunteered his time to be the photographer for the 2012 Bring In On! Festival.
Angel is also a member of the Freeman Catholic College Photography Club where he volunteers his time and expertise as a photographer for school events including walkathons and World Peace Day.
Fairfield City 2013, Sports Achiever of the Year
Georgia Rowntree, Soccer
Georgia is an outstanding sports achiever who has shown tremendous dedication to training and improving her performances both on the soccer pitch and academically.
Georgia's achievements include representing Westfields Sports at the Sydney South West Team at the NSW CHS Championships.
She also represented CHS2s at the NSW All Schools Tournament and was subsequently selected in the Australian School Girls' team.
Geogria has also been selected as a squad member of the newly formed NRMA Western Sydney Wanderers.
Outside of soccer, Georgia is a Senior Prefect on the Student Representative Council at Westfields Sports High School and is currently ranked in the top 10 per cent of her Year 11 grade. She is generous as a leader and mentor, who willingly volunteers her time at school fundraising activities. Georgia is also a member of the Positive Peer Culture Group.
Fairfield City 2013, Volunteer of the Year
Leslie has been the Local Controller of trhe Fairfield Unit since 2001.
He has provided distinguished service to the NSW SES for more than 26 years.
As a strong leader, Leslie encourages fairness, kindness and promotes cultural awareness within the community by activitely involving the unit in events including the Cabramatta Moon Festival, Bonnie Women's Refuge and the South American Food Festival.
He has assisted in many major events including numerous storms and floods in Fairfield City and throughout NSW, the Newcastle earthquake, the Boral gas explosion in Alexandria and the Thredbo landslide.
Leslie uses his time and expertise to help out not only to contain natural disasters such as bushfires, but is also heavily involved in air, land and water searches for missing persons, aircrafts or vessels.
His long list of achievements and awards include being the recipient of the Commonwealth Government National Medal and Bar, the NSW Government SES Long Service Medal and Bar and the NSW SES Commissioner's Commendation Medal and Life Membership badge.