Gina Ogilvie is Community Citizen of the Year

Published: Sunday, 26 January 2020 at 4:44:00 PM

On Australia Day, the Town of Bassendean has recognized eight outstanding individuals for their contribution to our community.

Community Citizen of the Year award is Gina Ogilvie  for her dedication to running The Free Little Library, providing environmentally conscious workshops to the local community, and for her volunteer efforts with verge planting, the repair café, and community events.

Senior Community Citizen of the Year category is Stella Turner  for her dedication to the Eden Hill Little Athletics Club for about 35 years, and her tireless volunteer work in our community.

Active Citizenship category for an event or group is 2019 WonderRealm.  The event, organised by Nella Fitzgerald, brought the Fringe World Festival to Bassendean in a colourful street-party.

Other finalists:

Jeremy Warnock, who established the Eden Hill “Fathering Group” in 2015, to help promote strong, healthy relationships between local children and their dads, and has volunteered his time and skills at the Eden Hill Primary School and Community Action Network.

Nonie Jekabsons, for bringing our community her expertise on trees and the environment to advance the environmental protection in the Town of Bassendean, and for coordinating the Cyril Jackson Arts House Community Garden.

Ngaire Kasdorf, in recognition of being a crucial member of the Bassendean Galaxy Basketball Club since it’s inception, and for her hard-work with the Bassendean Primary School P&C for nearly a decade.

Michael Grogan, for sharing his incredible wealth of local historical knowledge with the community, and making significant contributions to building and preserving the Town of Bassendean’s collective memory.

Marion Arundel, who has been volunteering her time in the local community for over 35 years, including 17 years as a first aid responder with St John Ambulance.

The Mayor Cr Renee McLennan said the Awards were an ideal way to recognise and thank community members who invest their time and effort.

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