- Must demonstrate extraordinary leadership within a new or existing community.
- Must show evidence of where they have taken an active role for the well-being and improvement of their community.
*Annie Nielsen Open or Close
Annie Nielsen is a teacher who has lived in the Parramatta LGA for 24 years. She has taught science at various high schools including in Western Sydney, worked on the syllabus and co-authored the text book "Science for Life".
Annie's expertise in biology motivated her to be an outstanding long term volunteer bush regeneration and Clean Up Australia coordinator in the Parramatta LGA. Annie also holds volunteer Executive positions on Parramatta Climate Action Network (ParraCAN), a local park committee, reconciliation group, ATSI Committee and is a semi-voluntary gymnastics coach leader.
Dave Jefferey Open or Close
Dave Jefferey is a longstanding and committed advocate and volunteer for homeless people in Western Sydney. For over five years, up until 2014, he was a committed volunteer with Parramatta Mission and since 2011 has been part of the StreetCare Homeless Consumer Advisory Committee of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), actively participating in many of their advocacy and consumer education projects. Dave is concerned with the need for extra services in the western suburbs, particularly specialist services for homeless people with mental illness.
Gina Field Open or Close
Gina Field, a multi-award winning local business owner that has scoped over 20 businesses, dedicates countless hours in a voluntary capacity for the betterment of the business community and local economy. Gina is relentless in her mammoth task as President and deserves recognition for the positive impact she has had in a short period of time, not only on the community and business, but as a business owner and employer herself.
Graham Fitzpatrick Open or Close
Graham Fitzpatrick has been a champion of Paint Penrith REaD for the past few years showing great passion and heart for ensuring children in the Nepean area have the best start in life. Graham was shocked when he first heard about the number of children in the Nepean area commencing school yet not ready for learning.
Starting as a volunteer, Graham began mobilising businesses, securing funding and generally making sure that Rooby Roo (the sassy Paint Penrith REaD mascot) and her message was spread far and wide.
Josephine Thomas Open or Close
This bubbly personality has a work history in publishing and sales. In retirement Josephine utilises her life skills working as 'Move 4 Life' coordinator at YMCA Hawkesbury Oasis. 'Move 4 Life' is a program developed by Josephine to keep people with chronic illness as active as possible and remain socially connected. Josephine's passion is driven by her strong belief in the quality of life for the chronically ill.
Michele Ellery Open or Close
Michele Ellery is a mother who has adopted an entire community as her own, and a mission to champion. After struggling to find resources and guidance and realising that the Penrith region had no system in place to support survivors of child sexual abuse and their guardians Michele decided to set up that system.
The Queen of Hearts Community Foundation was born, offering free referrals, information, secure access to online forms and a friendly hand so caregivers can access resources to adequately support their children.