2017 Centralian Citizen of the Year Awards
Alice Springs Town Council would like to congratulate the following winners of the 2017 Australia Day Awards:
Centralian Citizen of the Year – Andrea Mason
Andrea Mason is committed to generating just and fair access for Aboriginal people. Andrea has served as Chief Executive Officer of Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women's Council since 2009. A relentless pursuit of equity is seen in her efforts as a leader, a policy maker, a social reformer, a negotiator, and an advocate. She has influenced significant positive changes in the lives of NPY women, and her achievements as a businesswoman have been recognised nationally.
Andrea is a shining representative of spirit and tenacity in our town.
Due to her nomination for Australian of the Year, Andrea will be presented her award at a later date.
Young Centralian Citizen of the Year – Cindy Uzzell
Cindy Uzzell is a highly active member of the community, contributing as a volunteer, advocate and student leader. Cindy makes significant contributions to numerous local organisations and fundraisers, also formally representing youth within local and Territory government committees. She was selected to attend the Australian National Student Leadership Forum in 2015, invited to Fiji for their Forum Bridging Initiative in 2016.
Cindy is persistently and continually available to lend a helping hand to those in need.
Young Centralian Citizen of the Year – Claire Ryan
Claire Ryan is the current secretary of the Finke Desert Race Committee, after volunteering for the event from a very young age. Claire is known for being a strong leader of volunteers, and is a key part of what makes the Finke weekend work. In addition, she annually coordinates local charity events, and also volunteers her time to organise the Alice Springs Masters Games.
Claire is well-known for her enthusiastic contribution to the life of Alice Springs.
Community Event of the Year – Alice Springs Running & Walking Club Australia Day Fun Run/Walk
Alice Springs Running and Walking Club’s Australia Day Fun Run/Walk has been an annual event since 1988, one of the hallmarks of Alice Springs’ Australia Day celebrations. In 2016 the event boasted 582 participants, from all ages, walks of life, and fitness levels. Bringing such a large diverse group together builds a sense of unity, a fitting event for Australia Day morning recognised by the Australia Day Council NT.
The Australia Day Fun Run/Walk showcases the accessibility of healthy living in our community.
Volunteer of the Year – Russell North
Russell North gives tirelessly to Alice Springs. Despite health issues, he has maintained a contagious positive attitude in giving his time and energy to a great number of community groups and charities. He is known for being a community-builder; glue that sticks people together, connecting fellow volunteers with worthy causes. Russell is happy to lead or follow, always ready to motivate others.
Russell makes an immeasurable contribution to our community.
Centralian Senior Citizen of the Year – Geoff Sloan
Geoff Sloan has had a long and distinguished career as a public servant in education and health, characterised by strong belief in equity and fairness. While Geoff is no longer in paid employment, he continues to works tirelessly for his fellow Centralians. Geoff continues to contribute to Northern Territory health policy, is an active member of the Connellan Trust Board, is the national senior representative to the Ministerial Advisory Council for Senior Territorians, a long serving member of Alice Springs Town Council’s Seniors Coordinating Committee, and voluntarily offers his time and skills to Alice Springs’ schools.
Geoff is regarded as a role model among his peers, with generosity worthy of recognition.