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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Bass Coast names top citizen

Victoria’s Bass Coast Shire Council has announced its Citizen of the Year ahead of this year’s subdued Australia Day celebrations.

Carol Blair from San Remo was named as the 2022 Bass Coast Citizen of the Year.

Ms Blair was recognised for her passion to make a difference, and the contribution she has made to her community through countless hours of volunteering.

She has held numerous volunteer roles within the Bass Coast community including Chair of the Bass Coast Community Foundation, President of the Bass Coast Community Health Service Committee, involved in Creatively Connecting Communities Bass Coast and President of the San Remo Foreshore Committee just to name a few.

Ms Blair is currently heavily involved in Women for Change, a working group and sub-charity of the Bass Coast Community Foundation which raises awareness and advocates for women and girls in our community who are facing gender inequality.

Bass Coast Mayor, Michael Whelan, congratulated Ms Blair on the Award, and thanked her for her commitment to serve the Bass Coast community.

“These Awards are all about recognising the contribution of ordinary Australians who go above and beyond expectations. Their achievements and contributions to our community often go unrecognised, but have a far-reaching effect,” Cr Whelan said.

The Mayor acknowledged and congratulated all the nominees for the Awards: Michael Cannata from Dalyston, John Eddy from Ventnor, Klaus Edel from Inverloch, Maddy Harford from West Creek, Amy Jones from North Wonthaggi, Lija Matthews from Wimbledon Heights, Liz Purvis from Wonthaggi and Graeme Sprague from Kilcunda.

“Every year it is a privilege to acknowledge the many individuals in our community who quietly give countless hours to our community across a wide range of activities and services. Though different in their roles and contributions, these people have one thing in common, and that is they are humble and do not expect recognition,” Cr Whelan said.

“I would like to thank all of those that took the time to submit a nomination to help us to recognise those in our community who give so much of themselves.”

In recognition of their achievements, this year’s Citizen of the Year received a painting by local Coronet Bay artist, Baden Johnson.

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