Community awards

Every year we acknowledge the incredible work of local heros. Read about our 2021 winners and special commendations.

Darebin Community Awards 2021 winners announced

Every year the Darebin Community Awards highlight the wonderful and impactful contributions our community members make to the City of Darebin.

The presentation night presided over by Darebin Mayor Councillor Lina Messina and MC local, three times Gold Medal Australian Paralympian Carol Cooke AM, was this year nestled within the FUSE Darebin program, which is our new biannual arts festival that highlights the many talents and creative endeavors of the Darebin community.

Mayor Messina said the achievements of all nominees deserved to be celebrated and were a testament to the love and care shown throughout the entire community during yet another difficult year.

“It’s a privilege to preside over these awards and acknowledge the many wonderful contributions that individuals and groups make to enrich life in Darebin. Through these awards we celebrate local heroes who have shown great leadership, compassion, and kindness,” she said.

The awards were held at Darebin Arts Centre on Thursday 24 March 2022.

The winners

Category Awarded to
Sustainability Award - Group of the Year Friends of Edwardes Lake 
Sustainability Award - Individual
Marcus Seal
Citizen of the Year
Sue Johnson
Citizen of the Year - Special Commendation
Fiona Macrae
Young Citizen of the Year
Kalep Teo Koitu

Community Group of the Year

Alex Makes Meals
Community Group of the Year - Special Commendation
Your Community Health
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jon Hyde
CALD Elder Community Leader of the Year Rosa Vasseghi
CALD Elder Community Leader of the Year - Special Commendation
Martin Nguyen
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Leader of the Year
Aunty Cindy Bux
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Emerging Young Community Leader of the Year Rose Stewart
 

Do you know a community hero?

Look out for the for the Darebin 2022 Community Awards, which recognise individuals and groups that have made an outstanding contribution to the Darebin community.

Nominations will open September 2022 and you will be able to nominate your ‘local heroes’ and help us celebrate their contribution in 2022.

The Darebin Community Awards will be awarded in the following nine categories:

  1. Citizen of the Year
  2. Young Citizen of the Year
  3. Community Group of the Year
  4. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Leader of the Year
  5. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Emerging Young Community Leader of the Year
  6. Sustainability Award
  7. Lifetime Achievement Award
  8. CALD Emerging Community Leader of the Year
  9. CALD Elder Community Leader of the Year

The Community Awards Presentation Event will be held at the Darebin Arts Centre, March 2023.

Judging criteria for community awards

Nominations for each award are judged by the Darebin Community Awards Committee. Judging is based on the following overall criteria:

  1. Desire for prosperity with a share for all
  2. Contribution to the cultural diversity of the community
  3. Community values and support systems
  4. Equality and equity
  5. Practices ethical behaviour
  6. Concern for sustainability and the environment.

Additional category judging criteria

Citizen of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Leader of the Year

  • Demonstrated commitment to the betterment of the community
  • Undertakes activities that have short and long term benefits for others
  • Provides a positive role model for others
  • Takes the lead and shows vision
  • Undertakes activities that promote the welfare and wellbeing of the community
  • Contributions made by nominee have either been done on a voluntary basis or exceed the normal requirements of the person’s paid work.

Young Citizen of the Year and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Emerging Young Leader of the Year

  • Participates in the community
  • Active in youth issues
  • Is caring, compassionate and sharing
  • Shows vision
  • Takes the lead
  • Positive role model to peers
  • Accepts responsibility for self and others
  • Shows outstanding achievement in either academic, sporting, cultural, environment or civic life.

Community Group of the Year

  • Role and achievement of the group
  • Service to the community
  • Significant volunteer involvement
  • Target community of the group nominated
  • Benefits to target community and how they are measured and evaluated
  • How does the group’s role and achievements reflect the values of Darebin Community Awards as set out above?

Sustainability Award

  • A sustainability champion awarded to either a group or individual
  • Delivering a project/program/activity which delivers genuine and measurable action
  • Responding to an environmental issue relevant to Darebin
  • Actively engages the local community.

More information

Senior Producer
Phone: 03 8470 8551
Email: Bronwyn.Ryan-Mercer@darebin.vic.gov.au