2016 Australia Day Award winners announced

Published Friday, 22nd January 2016

2016 Australia Day Community Awards winners and officials.

Community stalwart and centenarian George Edward (Ted) Wale was named 2016 Fairfield Citizen of The Year at Fairfield City Council’s annual Australia Day Community Awards ceremony tonight.

Four major awards were presented by Mayor Frank Carbone to outstanding community members:

  • 2016 Fairfield Citizen of The Year: Ted Wale
  • 2016 Young Citizen of the Year: Anna Tang
  • 2016 Volunteer of the Year: Susan Fedorychyn
  • 2016 Sports Achiever of the Year: Nicola Bolger

The awards were held at the Council Chambers in the administration building in Wakeley.

Also recognised were award nominees, who received medallions or certificates in recognition of their contribution to the community:

  • Citizen of The Year medallion recipients: Salwa Rasha and Mathew Dillon,
  • Citizen of The Year certificate recipients: Carmen Dawson and Sheneli Dona
  • Young Citizen of the Year certificate recipients: Erica Mirarchi and Michael Tran
  • Volunteer of the Year medallion recipient: Nguyen Tu Le
  • Volunteer of the Year certificate recipient: Andy Snook
  • Sports Achiever of the Year medallion recipients: Darren Hughes, Rebecca Johnson, and Brendan Smith,
  • Sports Achiever of the Year certificate recipients: Cassidy Ercole, Daniel Kustec, Aden Smith and Samuel Stanford

Mr Wale, who came to Cabramatta in 1956, was thrilled to receive his award.

“I’ve been in this country a long time,” Mr Wale said. “I would not leave this country if you paid me or gave me a free ticket.”

Council also celebrated its 900th Citizenship Ceremony, welcoming nine new Australian citizens who pledged their loyalty to Australia and its people.

Mayor of Fairfield City, Frank Carbone said the Australia Day Community Awards were held each year to recognise those dedicated to devoting their time to making our community a wonderful place to live.

“Their tireless and outstanding work is an inspiration to us all and they are also an excellent example for our new citizens,” Mayor Carbone said.

“It was a wonderful occasion for our residents to become Australian citizens and I hope this evening demonstrated to them what a rewarding thing Australian citizenship is - the remarkable things you can achieve by participating in our community.

“I congratulate Ted Wale, Anna Tang, Susan Fedorychyn and Nicola Bolger on their achievements and I am sure they will continue to be outstanding citizens throughout 2016 and beyond.”

2016 Citizen of the Year: George ‘Ted’ Wale

George Edward Wale, commonly known as Ted, is 105-years-old and has lived in Cabramatta since 1956.

Ted is an artist who uses charcoal and pencil to sketch or uses oil and watercolour to paint. He has been a part of a number of exhibitions at Fairfield City Museum and Gallery.

He is a life member of Fairfield City Art Society. Ted attended the first meeting at Cabramatta High School (about 1961), has held all Art Society committee management positions and has participated in art exhibitions throughout the local government area.

In addition to his art, he is known as a handy man. He made engines for Commonwealth aircrafts during World War II and was also a part of the team that installed the first computer at the University of Sydney. Today he uses these skills to fix electronic items for family and friends.

2016 Young Citizen of the Year: Anna Tang

Anna, age 14, lives in Cabramatta. She attends Canley Vale High School, where she has been Peer Support Leader with the Student Representative Council (SRC) since 2013.

She is the youngest president of Canley Vale Leo Club, which is a part of Cabramatta Lions Club. In her role as president, she has led more than 80 members and organises rosters for volunteers at barbecue fundraising and charity donations.

Anna has volunteered at some Council events, including the Bring It On! festival, the Cabramatta Moon Festival and Lunar New Year.

Anna is also the Youth Team Leader at the Australian Chinese Buddhist Society’s Mingyue Lay Temple.

2016 Volunteer of the Year: Susan Fedorychyn

Sue Fedorychyn joined the Deer Bush Dog Club as a foundation member more than 40 ago. It is the second-oldest dog training club in Western Sydney and has more than 180 members.

She has been on the club’s committee for past 20 years. Members say that without Sue’s constant support the club would not run.

As a volunteer chief instructor, she organises weekly obedience training classes, as well as runs regular courses for club instructors. The club provides community services, training puppies and educating dog owners about the responsibility of having a healthy dog.

2016 Sports Achiever of the Year: Nicola Bolger

Nicola is midfielder for the Matildas (the Australian women's national soccer team) and the Sydney Football Club W-League.

Now age 22, the Greenfield Park resident has played football since the age of five and for a number of clubs in the area, representing her school, State and country in various competitions.

In addition to training and playing commitments, Nicola spends time visiting local schools talking to students about good sportsmanship, values, respecting others and giving back to the community.

She is also an ambassador for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, helping to raise awareness about concussions in children’s sports.


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