2018 Citizen and Young 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.
Nominations closed Friday 24 November 2017.
Rhett Prado | Young Citizen of the Year
Since joining the NSW State Emergency Service Ryde Unit as a student volunteer at just 16 years old, Rhett has shown great maturity, dedication and commitment to his community in their time of need.
A student at Ryde Secondary College, Rhett juggles a very busy school schedule with his volunteer work for SES. As well as being Deputy School Captain and a prefect, he’s also ready to support the community during emergencies such as floods, storms and tsunamis, and has contributed to many local events including the Granny Smith Festival and Eastwood Heights Public School Fair.
A Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award recipient, Rhett has also volunteered for the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal.
Nathan Moulds | Citizen of the Year
Nathan led the Salvation Army mission home in the Ivanhoe Estate for more than six years along with his wife, Karen. Nathan has been a tireless supporter of its residents – which has a large area of public housing – during a time of difficult transition. He helped coordinate the highly successful Community on Hold project to measure the impact of the estate’s redevelopment on the health and wellbeing of its residents.
He also helped pioneer the Unified Ryde anti-racism project, which was launched at TEDX Macquarie University.
Nathan works tirelessly with local service providers and church communities to bring about positive social change by reducing isolation and creating new opportunities for social inclusion and impact.
With an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit, he has launched a number of new social enterprise initiatives to create spaces to bring people together. One example of this is the study shed program for young people.
The City of Ryde would also like to acknowledge that as of Thursday 25 January, after 13 years of employment with the Salvation Army Nathan has decided to move on to a new chapter in his life but will be continuing with the Salvation Army as a volunteer.
Last updated on 26 January 2018