Citizen of the Year

The City of Ryde Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Awards recognise outstanding accomplishments by individuals in our community who have excelled in their chosen field. The awards are open to all Australian citizens living in the City of Ryde.

  • Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period of time.
  • Young Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period by a young person between the ages of 16 and 25.

The awards are held under the auspices of the Australia Day Council of NSW and judging is conducted by a local selection panel.

The winners will be announced at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on the 26 January, 10am at the Ryde Civic Hall.

2015 Nominees


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Citizen of the Year Nominees


Mrs Knarik Barati

Mrs Knarik Barati Mrs Barati understands the problems people with language difficulties can experience and has devoted her time over the past 18 years to helping them feel connected and part of the community. Through her volunteering with the North Ryde and Eastwood Community Aid, she has helped countless members of the Armenian community overcome feelings of isolation. She is known as a generous mentor who loves to self-educate and help others, especially at her grand-childrens’ schools. She also supported two orphans in Iran for several years.

Dr Peter Mitchell OAM

Dr Peter Mitchell OAM Dr Peter Mitchell is a retired academic specialising in geomorphology and environmental science and is a frequent guest speaker at historic associations, environmental groups, schools, clubs on topics important to Ryde. As a member of the Ryde Heritage Advisory Committee he was responsible for locating the grave site of Woollaware Bennelong and he consulted on the educational website findingbennelong.com. He also likes to fix machinery, improve build designs, mow lawns and help at his grand-daughter’s school.

Mr Vincent Yu

Mr Vincent Yu When Vincent Yu saw how people with autism like his son were discriminated against, he established the Differently Abled People Association to teach them how to live independent lives. He also staged the first Differently Talented Multicultural Gala Show. Vincent runs a successful IT company and developed the first smart phone app using geo-locatioinal search through talking pictures to benefit people with disabilities. He is on the committees of NSW Carers Association, Ryde East 1st Scouts and Aust Chinese Painting Assoc.

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Young Citizen of the Year Nominees


Aiden Fisher

Aiden Fisher As a member of Ryde Youth Council, Aidan’s inspirational drive led to the Ryde Youth Summit that bought together hundreds of local young people to address issues such as mental health problems, bullying or substance abuse. He also introduced the global-focused Ryde Model United Nations event during National Youth Week and helped set up the Ryde Apprenticeship and Traineeship Expo. He is a Mentor at Macquarie, a past member of Epping Eastwood Tigers and received NSW Clubs Student Volunteer of the Year Award.

Sophie Lara-Watson

Sophie Lara-Watson Sophie’s interest in advocacy began in high school and developed when she took part in the YMCA Youth Parliament Program as a Youth MP. In 2013 her involvement in the Ryde Youth Council gave her the opportunity to apply the leadership and community orientated skills she learned in the Max Potential program. She is passionate about the rights of women and refugees and encourages conversations on issues affecting young people. Sophie received a Department of Education Student Volunteering Gold Award 60 Hours.

Mitchell Stubbs

Mitchell Stubbs Mitchell is president of the Ryde Secondary College Interact Club and a member of the student representative council. As an advocate he has helped improve the culture of the college and wellbeing of students. He has inspired students to pursue community service activities and to raise funds to supplement health and lifestyle education courses. Mitchell supports various North Ryde Community Aid activities and helped chaperone visiting Indonesian students. He is a keen member of the Eastwood/Marsfield Scout Group.

Wiley Ye

Wiley Ye Wiley has just completed his Year 10 study and has a strong desire to pursue a career in the military. As a member of the Australian Air League since 2008, Corporal Ye has shown dedication and leadership skills and has received the AAL Community Service Class 4 Award (200+ hours) for his service to the community. He is the recipient of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and a National Volunteer Award certificate. He is in the final stage of his AAL general diploma course, involving the study of all aspects of aviation and associated subjects.

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