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Citizen of the Year Awards


2020 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 will be presented during the City of Ryde Australia Day celebrations, which will be held at 11am at the North Ryde School of Arts on Sunday 26 January 2020.

2020 Ryde Citizen of the Year Nominees

  • Brad Giersch
  • Karen Waud
  • Domenico Olivieri
  • Gnanam Muthukrishnan
  • Helena Malinowska
  • James Stanbury Hull
  • Lorraine Carter
  • Maurice Dawson
  • Robert Mann
  • Rochelle Keshishian           
  • Saradhi Motamarri
  • Cameron Last
  • Cosmin Luca
  • Jinyoung Kim
  • Lucy Fang

2019 Winners

Citizen of the Year Award

Hassib Elias

A resident of Ryde for more than 50 years, Mr Elias has been involved in a range of community organisations that assist refugees and new migrants settle into the local area.

Mr Elias’s work has been of benefit to many new migrants, including refugees from Syria and Iraq, helping them find housing, household items and permanent employment. He also assists with translation services and helping new immigrants apply for government support services.

He is also President of the Palestinian Association of Australia as well as a long serving member of the City of Ryde’s Multicultural Advisory Committee.

Young Citizen of the Year Award

Tasnia Ahmad

Ms Ahmad, 17, is Vice Chair of the Ryde Youth Council in which she has worked hard to ensure local young people have a voice in their community. She has also provided a wealth of knowledge and experience volunteering for a variety of Council working groups including the Granny Smith Festival working group and the social media working group.

Ms Ahmad is also the founder of Youth of Sydney, a photo journal media project that aims to debunk the multitude of negative stereotypes about today’s youth, and volunteers for local radio station 2RRR, hosting the popular Youth Jukebox program.

You can learn more about Tasnia's experience volunteering and why she thinks people should nominate for the Citizen of the Year Awards here.

Last updated on 26 January 2020