Citizenship and Australia Day Celebrations
2015 Winners Announced
Shining the spotlight on outstanding citizens – winners of the 2015 Darebin Australia Day Awards
Each year, the Darebin Australia Day Awards recognise individuals and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the community.
The Awards were presented at a special event at Preston City Hall on Thursday 22 January, 2015 by Mayor Steven J.Tsitas and former Victorian Premier and Australia Day Ambassador, the Honourable John Cain.
Citizen of the Year (joint winners) Ioannis (John) Kourouvanis, a compassionate taxi driver who’s been going out of his way to help his special needs clients for over 30 years and Heidi Marfurt, a passionate community activist who’s led many neighbourhood projects.
Special Commendation was also awarded in Citizen of the year category to Michael Popovski from the Reservoir Football club.
Community Group of the Year Award was presented to Bundoora Park RDAV (Bundoora Park Riding Develops Abilities Victoria – RDAV) which include a team of dedicated volunteers who run a horse riding program for people with disabilities.
The Young Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Pennie Walford, who’s been a committed volunteer with Reservoir Neighbourhood House since 2009.
On this day we celebrate and acknowledge the first landing in Australia by Captain Arthur Phillip.
Monday 26 January, 2015
Preston City Hall, 274 Gower Street, Preston
If you are a candidate for citizenship, please arrive at 8.30am. Refreshments served afterwards.