Australia Day - Citizens recognised by Glen Eira City Council

Written on the 24 January 2014

Australia Day - Citizens recognised by Glen Eira City Council



Glen Eira City Council presented its annual Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year and Community Group of the Year Awards during an Australia Day Breakfast at the Town Hall on Friday, 24 January.

I joined Member for Caulfield, David Southwick and Glen Eira counsellors to celebrate the occasion and congratulate the winners:

  • Glen Eira Citizen of the year, Kathleen Wells.

Kathleen has been an active and dedicated member of the Glen Eira community for 33 years. She worked with St Peter's Parish since 1978, was involved at Moongala Women’s Community House between 1982 and 1990 and then at Bethlehem Hospital for ¬almost 20 years. Since 1990, Kathleen has worked at GriefLine, where she manages and supports 170 volunteers.

  • Glen Eira Young Citizen of the Year, Clara Law

Elsternwick teenager and Shelford Girls' Grammar student, Clara Law, 16, was nominated by her school after combining Year 11 studies with a hectic program of fundraising. Clara cycled 200km in two days to raise more than $8000 for the Children's Cancer Centre Foundation, sold bandannas for National Bandanna Day, organised sausage sizzles and washed cars for a charity project in Nicaragua.

  • The Community Group of the Year award went to the Glen Eira Adult Learning Centre and Bentleigh Bayside TransAccess.

For more than 25 years, GEALC has provided the Glen Eira community with quality and affordable education. The registered training organisation offers courses in English, languages, literacy, numeracy, computers and skill development.
Bentleigh Bayside TransAccess co-ordinate a community transport service employing 38 volunteer drivers and assistants. They are available to transport Glen Eira residents who are unable to access mainstream public transport and taxis.



Pictured with Victorian Order of Australia Association Secretary and Victorian Multicultural Commissioner, Marion Lau; Member for Caulfield, David Southwick and Glen Eira Citizen of the Year, Kathleen Wells holding her award.

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