Thirteen community members have been recognised for their service to the city at the annual Dubbo Day Awards.
The awards are given out to members of the community who volunteer their time to help enrich the lives of others.
Dubbo Day Awards were presented to: Ashleigh Hull, Lorna Brennan, Fred Randell, Rebecca McMahon, George Chapman, Shibli Chowdhury, Ian Burns, Miriam Tan, Jade Bunt, Madhawan Keshwan, Julie Shepherd and John Hill.
The Dubbo Day Tony McGrane Award went to Christine Horder.
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Fred Randell received the award for the 30 hours per week he volunteers. As well as being on the board for the Central West Leadership Academy, Mr Randell is also on the board of the Macquarie Conservatorium, is a DREAM Festival committee member and is president of SOMAD (formerly known as Lust for Live).
Recipient Shibli Chowdry donated his time to ORISON, Dubbo Health Council, Dubbo Regional Council’s Sister City Committee and Dubbo’s Multicultural Committee. He’s a tireless community worker who has dedicated countless hours to the community.
Madhawan Keshwan has also donated his time to establish ORISCON. His particular interest is in nurturing children to realise their dreams in their new homeland.
In her award citation, Ashleigh Hull was recognised for her work with the Dubbo City Youth Council for the past 10 years, which included organising and holding Youth Week events. She has also assisted with running the Red Ochre Festival and is also a Midnight Cafe and Youth Cafe volunteer.
Rebecca McMahon is also a volunteer on the Youth Council. She has assisted in the organisation and promotion of Youth Week events, while raising awareness of the service gaps for young people.
It was George Chapman’s work to make Dubbo a heart-safe city that earned him a Dubbo Day Award. Mr Chapman spent 12 months working with local businesses and government departments to have Automated External Defibrillators installed in high traffic areas of the CBD.
Ian Burns was recognised for his work in growing the Rhinos Rugby Union Club and navigating the changes to Central West Rugby. He is involved in all aspects of the club from fitness to transporting players to games. He also referees games and organises fundraising events for local charities.
Mental health advocate Jade Bunt was acknowledged for her work to normalise mental health, not only in Dubbo but the surrounding regions. She also volunteers with the Central West Rainbow Alliance, Dubbo College and Stepping Out Dance Factory.
Julie Shepherd volunteers her time with the Dubbo Girl Guides and Dubbo Uniting Church. Not only does she use her own skills and talents when volunteering, but she also encourages others, helping to build self-esteem and community.
For years Lorna Brennan has volunteered with the community kitchen, Minore Rural Fire Service, Kites for Kids and Western Plains Cultural Centre. She helps to make things easier for those in difficult times, while also advocating for causes close to her heart.
John Hill hopes to use fitness initiatives to become a leader and break the cycle of drug abuse. He’s school captain, inlvolved in the Clotarf Academy and trains young boxers with Gummy Toomey.
Miriam Tan was acknowledged for establishing parkrun in Dubbo, as well as for her role on the Dubbo Stampede Committee. She has spent countless hours preparing and packing up parkrun every weekend.