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.

Winners were announced at the Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony on the 26 January.

2014 Citizen of the Year

Russell Emery

Russell EmeryRussell is a dedicated hands-on volunteer whose tireless work provides adults and children with intellectual disabilities the chance to lead a life ‘more extraordinary’.

He is particularly keen in introducing them to a range of sporting and outdoor activities and enjoys seeing the ten pin bowling and bocce teams that he coaches enjoy the positive benefits of competitive sport. He also drives his teams to sporting competitions, supervising, encouraging and supporting their needs.

Another of his commitments is to go on overnight camping excursions (usually 1-4 days) for the Challenge Foundation’s Orphans Trust Fund which provides experiences for people with a disability to enjoy the freedom and adventure that many of us take for granted.

Through his generous giving, Russell touches the lives of people who need support and his work reminds us of the importance of volunteering.

2014 Young Citizen of the Year

Carla Kassab

Carla KassabAn active member of the Ryde Youth Council since 2010, Carla Kassab plays an important role in mentoring, representing and advocating for local young people.

Her dedication to serving the community is coupled with a can-do attitude and an ability to multi-task that takes her from volunteering and fundraising, to event planning and student counselling.

As a member of the Northern Sydney Youth Health Promotion team for NSW Health, Carla helps promote good health and well-being to local young people, with a focus on lifestyle issues related to smoking, alcohol, emotional and social issues, and obesity.

Carla is a positive role model for young women in Ryde who has turned her own experiences into a powerful and driving passion to help others.

Carla has committed hundreds of hours to community organisations including our local Rotary’s Gift Wrapping project for the past two Christmases, and has held off going to University to fulfil her community commitments.

Page Last Updated: 10 March 2014

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