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Citizen of the Year Awards


Do you know someone who makes an exceptional contribution or improves the quality of life for people in Ryde? 

Do you know someone who has excelled in any category but not limited to Sport, Business, the Environment or the Arts?

Nominations are now being accepted for the City of Ryde Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Awards 2021.

The City of Ryde encourages everyone to nominate.

Nominations close on Sunday 29 November 2020. Please take a moment to read the conditions of entry.

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2021 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.
  • Young Citizen of the Year recognises outstanding service to the community over an extended period by a young person aged 12 -25yrs.

The awards are held under the auspices of the Australia Day Council of NSW and judging is conducted by a local selection panel. Winners are announced at Council’s Australia Day Celebrations. The presentation will take place on the 26 January 2021. 

2020 Winners

Citizen of the Year Award

Maurice Dawson

Maurice is a legend of the Ryde Hunters Hill District Hockey Club, having been involved both as an administrator and a coach for more than 40 years. 

During that time he has positioned the club to be one of the most successful in Australia with more than 40 players in State teams and three playing for the national Kookaburra’s men’s team.

This achievement was recently recognised with the club receiving the 2019 Hockey NSW Community Club of the Year award.

Maurice himself was recently awarded life membership of the Ryde Hunters Hill District Hockey Club as well as the Sydney Hockey Association, and also received the Contribution to Sport Award from the Ryde Sports Foundation in 2017.

Outside of hockey, Maurice has been a major advocate for the City of Ryde through his involvement with various local associations and committees over the past 50 years.

Young Citizen of the Year Award

Cosmin Luca

Cosmin, 18, is a member of the Ryde Youth Council and a Ryde Youth Ambassador.

Through these roles he has established the City of Ryde's Public Speaking Program which aims to empower more youth voices in the community, particularly those who are most vulnerable. 

Cosmin is also an advocate for active citizenship and democratic values. He recently participated in the Emerging Civic Leaders program, where he worked with Ryde Secondary College students to encourage them to vote and become more involved in the electoral process.

A budding entrepreneur, Cosmin recently represented the City of Ryde and Australia at the JA International Trade Challenge, which brings together some of the sharpest young minds from across the world to create market entry strategies for a variety of products and services.

He has also demonstrated leadership qualities having been Vice Captain at Ryde Secondary College, while undertaking mentoring and tutor roles for younger students.

City of Ryde Special Commendation

Lorraine Carter

Lorraine has volunteered at Royal Rehab in Ryde since 2013.

In that time she has volunteered in 16 roles. Currently, she is an administration assistant at Royal Rehab’s spinal outreach service putting together information and education resources for clients in rural areas. Her role ensures these clients become aware of the services offered by Royal Rehab.

Previously she acted as a mentor volunteer for Royal Rehab, overseeing young volunteers and providing them with a pathway to become involved in caring for the centre’s patients.

Lorraine’s dedication to going above and beyond to assist Royal Rehab and its patients is a testament to her great character and generous nature.

2020 Photo Gallery

2020 Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony

Last updated on 28 October 2020