Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards

The Moreland Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards is now referred to as the Moreland Awards.

These awards honour local citizens who have shown a clear commitment to our local identity and an eagerness to contribute to the improvement and advancement of the Moreland community.

See Moreland Awards to find out more.

Past award winners

2014 Young Citizen - Emmanuel Kelly

Born into a war zone and abandoned by his parents in Iraq he was raised at an orphanage run by the Mother Theresa nuns before being rescued and brought to Australia for life changing surgery twelve years ago.

Emmanuel has embarked on a remarkable journey that has seen him share his story with thousands of students, young women, police, and politicians around Australia. Emmanuel’s latest achievement is being appointed to the Board of the Bully Zero Australia Foundation, an organisation whose aim it is to promote and empower the youth of today.

Emmanuel Kelly Moreland City Council 2014 Young Citizen of the Year

2014 Young Citizen - Hamza Dhedhy

Described as a highly committed and proactive member of the Fawkner community. He has been a tireless advocate working to improve the health and wellbeing of local young people by seeking opportunities to work with agencies to provide personal development and recreational skills for young people in the Darul Ulum community.

Mr Dhedhy has worked to bring the school community, Moreland City Council and the Office of Multiculturalism and Citizenship together in order to run programs such as the Fawkner Soccer Program and the Pool Life Guarding and First Aid Training Program.

Hamza Dhedhy Moreland City Council 2014 Young Citizen of the Year

2014 Citizen - Ronda Jenkins

Ms Jenkins has been recognised for her service to the Brunswick Athletic Club and the Victorian Rail Institute Club prior to that. Over the past 45 years she has been a wonderful administrator, coach and mentor.

During her athletic career she excelled as a 100 yard sprinter and won several Australian championships and was once named Victorian Athlete of the Year for which she was awarded an Australia Day Medal. Ms Jenkins has won many prestigious awards within the Club and still holds the club record for Open Women’s 100 metres since 1972.

Ronda Jenkins Moreland City Council 2014 Citizen of the Year

2014 Citizen - Peter Allan

Since moving into Moreland almost thirty years ago he has thrown himself into the life of his community, serving with passion and commitment in the areas of education, environment, politics, sport, spirituality and social and economic inclusion.

Among the major achievements that he has been involved in are devising a project to install a giant community-funded solar system at the Brunswick Secondary College and developing a partnership with the Brunswick Hockey Club to build a million dollar joint use hockey ground at the school.

Peter Allan Moreland City Council 2014 Citizen of the Year

2012 Young Citizen - Tom Cavuto

A volunteer gymnastics coach since 2006 at the Pascoe Vale Uniting Boys Club and Fighting Lyons Club, he has shared his skills and experience by focusing on training and empowering young people to achieve their goals in this discipline. Also an active member of the Moreland City Council Youth Facilities and Services Steering Committee.

Tom Cavuto Moreland City Counci 2012 Young Citizen of the Year

2012 Citizen - Joan Lancashire

She has shared her love of music and theatre through a lifetime commitment to the education of primary school children. She has been a much loved member of staff at St Francis de Sales Primary School - Oak Park since 1990.

Joan Lancashire Moreland City Council 2012 Citizen of the Year

2011 Young Citizen – Anthony Cianflone

A tireless community worker who actively promotes cultural harmony amongst youth groups. He has been actively involved with local youth groups for a number of years and initiated, founded and was instrumental in the formation of the OxYgen Youth Project.

Anthony Cianflone Moreland City Council 2011 Young Citizen of the Year

2011 Citizen – Yong Wong

After his retirement from teaching in 2009 he joined the Timehelp community program as a volunteer to help young people in schools. Every week he spends at least four hours at Glenroy Secondary College providing specialist mathematics, physics and chemistry support to Year 11 and 12 students who would not otherwise have access to this help due to economic constraints.

Yong Wong Moreland City Council 2011 Citizen of the Year

2010 Young Citizen – Michael Samoun

Demonstrated commitment to, and leadership within, Moreland City Council’s oxYgen Committee and Project, the 2009 Youth Summit and the Anti Racism Action Band performances.

Michael Samoun Moreland City Council 2010 Young Citizen of the Year

2010 Citizen – Francesca Folk-Scolaro

Dedicated to the preservation of Brunswick’s history and the driving force for the creation of a Brunswick Museum. She is the editor of the Brunswick Historical Society’s magazine Fusion, and a range of local Brunswick histories.

Francesca Folk-Scolaro 2010 Moreland City Council Citizen of the Year