Newsletter EDITION No.50

Strengthening our community now to grow and prosper into the future w w w . c o r r i g i n . w a . g o v . a u Lyn Baker What a wonderful Australia Day celebration we had! About 150 people attended our annual breakfast in our stunning Town Hall, where the Rotary Club of Corrigin had prepared a delicious feast. For the third year we were lucky enough to have an Australia Day Ambassador. This year it was Dr Ann O’Neil. Ann’s story is a tragic one but one which led to her establishing the first web-based support service for victims of crime in Australia, Angel Hands. In 1994 Ann’s estranged husband broke into her Perth home and shot their two children and Ann before turning the gun on himself. The children were unable to be saved, Ann lost her leg, and her husband also died. Amid this monstrous tragedy, Ann was able to rise from her grief and return to school. She studied Social Work and ultimately earned a PhD. She turned her heartache into a fight for hope, justice, love and understanding for victims of violence. We are honoured that Ann was able to address us in Corrigin and thank her for her visit. As always, we presented our Community Citizen of the Year Awards. This year we had one (1) nomination in the Community Citizen of the Year, three (3) for Community Citizen of the Year YOUTH, and three (3) for Active Citizenship GROP or EVENT. All nominees were very worthy of their nominations and I thank them all for their contribution to Corrigin over the years. Our very deserving awardees are: Citizen of the Year - JACKIE JONES. Jackie’s contribution to our community has occurred over many years through her work at Corrigin District High School, her membership and contribution to the Rotary Club of Corrigin, Corrigin Senior Citizens Committee, Tidy Towns Committee, Corrigin Netball Club and Corrigin Tennis Club. She has been positively amazing! Our Community Citizen of the Year (Youth) - LEVI EBSARY. Levi volunteers his time at Wogerlin house and used to take David Abe for walks during his residence there, which was much appreciated by David’s family and the staff. Our Active Citizenship (Group or Event) award went to CORRIGIN AUSKICK for the Neu-Tech Cup. This annual junior football carnival has been running for 20 years and is attended by over 120 players from Quairading, Pingelly, Kulin/Kondinin, Merredin, Hyden, Brookton and Bruce Rock. Congratulations to all of our award winners and also to the other nominees. Likewise, I’d like to thank those people who have submitted nominations this year and over many years. Without you putting in such an effort, there would be no awards, so I thank you for taking the time. It really is important that we recognise the wonderful members of our community who contribute so much. So….if you are thinking that “such and such” should be nominated, don’t wait for September when nominations open. Start getting the information together now. Do your research. Gather as much evidence as you can and start putting your words down so that your nomination has the best chance of being recognised. Many thanks to Heather Ives for organising another great event. LYN BAKER Email: Mobile: 0427 097 141 MESSAGE FROM SHIRE PRESIDENT