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Citizen of the Year Awards

Nominations are CLOSED

Nominations closed on Wednesday, 28 November 2018.

2019 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 12 to 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 awards are presented during the City of Ryde Australia Day celebrations, which will be held at 11am at the North Ryde School of Arts on Saturday 26 January 2019. 

2019 Nominees

Young Citizen of the Year Award Nominees

Tasnia Ahmad

Tasnia, 17, has been a leading advocate for local youths, undertaking a number of initiatives that aim to give young people a voice in their community. She is currently Deputy Chair of the Ryde Youth Council.

Liam Gye

Liam, 21, is involved in early childhood education and care. A strong proponent of early childhood health, he has been instrumental in implementing health campaigns in the local community and also coaches an under 8s soccer team.

Gabriel Van Duinen

Gabriel, 18, is a Youth Councillor on the Ryde Youth Council who has actively campaigned on issues impacting local youths. He has recently called for changes to student transport concessions and been involved in the development of a number of local community projects.

Citizen of the Year Award Nominees

Sue Curry

Sue is a dedicated volunteer for a number of organisations that aim to help local residents in need of assistance. This includes more than 1200 hours of volunteer work for Easy Care Gardening, an organisation that helps maintain the gardens for those in need.

Hassib Elias

A resident of Ryde for more than 50 years, Hasib has been involved in a number of community organisations. He is predominantly involved in assisting refugees and new migrants settle into the area, find housing, access support services and find employment. 

Lily Jing Han

Lily has been an active member of the Ryde community, assisting in local charity drives and helping organise events for the Australian Chinese community. Lily is also involved in promoting local businesses in the City of Ryde and strengthening academic institutions. 

Carmen Platt

Three years ago, Carmen established The Generous and the Grateful, which aims to provide essential household items to disadvantaged people. The Generous and the Grateful has now helped hundreds of victims of domestic violence, refugees and youth at risk.

Alison Small

A cub scout leader for 30 years, Alison has been a mentor for a large number of young residents in the City of Ryde. Alison has also been involved in a large number of community events such as Clean Up Australia, Citizenship Ceremonies and the Granny Smith Festival.

City of Ryde Australia Day Ambassador

Peter Wynn

Peter Wynn is a former leading rugby league player having played with the Parramatta Eels rugby league team for 12 seasons between 1979 and 1990. During this time he represented NSW and Australia and was also involved in the Parramatta club’s premiership success in 1982, 1983 and 1986.

Peter currently runs his own retail business – Peter Wynn’s Score in Parramatta – together with his brother-in-law. He has been a long serving Australia Day Ambassador since 2000.  



Last updated on 17 January 2019