2021 Citizen of the Year Nominees
View the Mayor's video announcement of the Bland Shire Citizen of the Year awards HERE
The 2021 Bland Shire Citizen of the Year finalists are -
Diane has displayed a lifelong selfless commitment to community. She has been an environmental warrior for the Bland Shire with her drive, passion, leadership and expertise delivering numerous projects which the community continue to benefit from today. She has been a leading participant in all aspects of community life and someone who the community has long been able to count on.
Jason is affectionately known in and around Mirrool as “Mr President”. As well as being a local businessman, Jason has been president of the Mirrool Silo Kick Committee for the last seven years and helped raised money for numerous charities. He was president of the Mirrool Cricket Club until it folded in 2019 and is the current president of the Mirrool Rural Fire Brigade. He is always willing to lend his time, expertise and equipment to assist with community projects and help his fellow community members.
Janice has a work ethic second to none and ability to rally the troops for any of the community causes close to her heart. She has spent the last 20 years beautifying the Bland Shire and is best known to many as the leader and driving force behind the Community Rose Garden group. As well as being a visionary and skilled gardener, Janice is also a teacher and mentor who is always willing to share her knowledge with others as well as lend a listening ear whenever needed.
Lucine Dore was recently featured in the Daily Telegraph as one of 12 everyday heroes who make the lives of others better. Lucine has donated over 120 litres of breast milk to help keep premature babies alive until their mothers can feed them. With no fuss or fanfare, her selfless and caring actions have touched the lives of dozens of families.
Kristy McClintock has emerged as a community leader in the Ungarie community. Kristy is described by peers as an “excellent role model” and exceptionally community minded and focused. Using her drive, initiative and commitment to community she has raised considerable fund for local charities and community groups.
Clare has made a significant impact on the local community since moving to West Wyalong. She created “West Wyalong Rocks” which now has over 300 members who actively promote art, outdoor fun and local tourism. She lifted community spirits during the early months of COVID-19 by creating the “Great West Wyalong and Wyalong Bear Hunt” and was the driving force behind the popular community “Not so Fairy Garden” in Cooinda Park. She has also served in a number of key volunteer roles at St Mary’s School.
Barbara has been inspiring, leading and supporting local youth for more than 30 years in her role as West Wyalong Cub Scout leader. As well as organizing weekly meetings where she teaches vital life skills, Barbara has facilitated countless camps, unique experiences and opportunities for her cub scouts. She is also a strong advocate for young people with a disability and has attended several Angoonoree camps which provide opportunities for scouts with special needs.
Anyone who has ever lived in or visited Mirrool has probably come across Val. The unofficial town tour guide who is readily on hand to assist travelers with their enquiries, Val takes great pride in her community and can often be seen watering gardens and trees, mowing, edging and maintaining the park and general gardening. She can also spot a cathead from 50 metres away. Val runs the town social club and is someone the community has come to rely on.
Coleen Thomas has clocked up almost 50 years of service as a Bland Shire community volunteer. She has a long association with the West Wyalong Show Society and the Wyalong Rural Fire Brigade where she served many years as secretary. In more recent years Colleen has been a board member for Wyalong Community Transport and a volunteer at St Mary’s Church and St Vincent de Paul.