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City of Wanneroo honours community spirit with Australia Day Awards

Published Tuesday, 28th January 2020

The City of Wanneroo has presented its Australia Day Awards for 2020 recognising a high level of commitment and contribution to the community.

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Premier Mark McGowan, Mayor Tracey Roberts and Deputy Mayor Frank Cvitan with Australia Day Award recipients.

The annual awards were presented by Mayor Tracey Roberts at the City’s Australia Day citizenship ceremony at the Wanneroo Showgrounds.

The City extends its thanks and congratulations to this year’s award recipients:

Charles Searson Australia Day Youth Award – Jayda Feifar

Jayda is an active member of her school and community who has demonstrated strong leadership skills and has been recognised for her remarkable abilities. She is a strong and respectful representative for all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal young people. She willingly gives her time to coach and umpire sport and to organise community cultural sporting events.

Jayda also volunteers, helping prepare meals for families in need and those experiencing hardship and plays a leading role in a Literacy Mentoring Program to help primary school students improve their skills. She is a positive role model to younger and older students, is an advocate for the value of education and is also the recipient of multiple awards for her various endeavours.

Australia Day Individual Award – Daniel McEvoy

Daniel has shown determination and positivity to help others thrive through education over nearly a decade. He has assisted younger students who have not had ready access to the support, guidance and inspiration they needed. Daniel has had a huge impact on the local community, helping children from refugee and lower socio-economic backgrounds with their studies.

Daniel is the President of the Achievers Club WA that helps more than 20 children with their homework through the kindness and support of more than 25 mentors. He never gave up, showing great resilience, even when funding was scarce or non-existent. His dedication, combined with his upbeat and bright approach, has ensured that the young students in the Achievers Club were always given priority assistance.

City of Wanneroo Australia Day Community Award – BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir, Perth

This community group embodies the spirit and values of a truly multicultural community, and the diversity celebrated in the City of Wanneroo. BAPS is a tireless group of volunteers who are always enriching the community and offering support and assistance through a wide range of outreach programs. 

Their committed volunteers have rallied the community to support causes including Clean Up Australia Day, the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the annual ‘Food Can’ drive to support the Spiers Centre and Salvation Army. BAPS has also helped with grass-roots level blood donation drives, education seminars, tree planting and coastal rehabilitation projects. BAPS also proudly share their culture and food through their vibrant Diwali and New Year celebrations.

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