Tumby Bay has announced its recipients for this year’s Australia Day Awards, including a long time servant of the Ungarra community and one of the council’s youngest ever recipients.
Vivonne Rusden has been named as this year’s Citizen of the Year with Matilda Lockwood to receive Young Citizen of the Year and the Tumby Bay Parkinson’s Support Group Awareness Campaign as Community Event of the Year.
Mrs Rusden has been recognised for her contributions to Ungarra and surrounding communities including helping to ensure the future of the Ungarra Hall, being one of the main instigators in getting a sealed road to Ungarra and her historical collection of district information.
Mrs Rusden said it was “humbling” to receive the award and she was one of many doing their part to keep small communities going.
“Small communities don’t work unless everyone pitches in,” she said.
“You don’t do the work for the honour but it’s nice to be recognised.”
Matilda Lockwood, 9, is one of the youngest recipients of Tumby Bay District Council’s Young Citizen of the Year.
Following in her mother’s footsteps in fundraising for the Variety Bash, Matilda has also raised $1200 for Cows for Cambodia and in 2015 donated some of her hair for Variety's Princess Charlotte Alopecia Program.
Matilda said she enjoyed her fundraising activities.
“I enjoy helping families and making them happy,” she said.
The Parkinson’s Support Group was recognised for its awareness campaign to provide information on treatment and services for those living with Parkinson’s in the district.
The campaign included a wellness expo, community sessions and a seminar for health professionals involving representatives from Parkinson’s SA and Medtronic as well as neurologist, professor Robert Wilcox.
Group leader for the Parkinson’s Support Group Natasha Clark said she felt proud the event was recognised and the group was hoping to have as many members present as possible on Australia Day.