Holroyd mayor Ross Grove presented the council's Australia Day awards at Merrylands Park today.
The Citizen of the Year is Jeanie Wood and the Young Ambassadors of the Year are: Vahid Ghalikar, Anoji Thevarajah, Dean Docker, Rana Tabbaa and Madison King.
Citizens of the Year
■ Jeanie Wood:
Dr Jeanie Wood has won a community service award for her 20 years of volunteer work with the Holroyd District Scouts.
As a senior scout leader Dr Wood has worked with a wide range of members at the club in the joeys, scouts, venturers and Rovers levels.
In addition to her scouting work Dr Wood has been an avid supporter of the Cumberland Gang Show; and volunteers on both the Holroyd Cityfest and the Holroyd Australia Day committees.
Scouting colleagues credit Dr Wood for being a vital link between Merrylands Scouts Club and Scouts Australia.
She has recently helped the Holroyd District Scouts group win a Queen Scout Medal.
Young Ambassadors of the Year:
■ Vahid Ghalikar, Community Service
Holroyd community members have honoured Vahid Ghalikar for his vital efforts in promoting multiculturalism throughout the region.
Vahid receives the community service award for helping educate other Sydney-based schools about Iftar Day - where the Islamic month of fasting known as Ramadan is broken.
To promote further cultural understanding Vahid helped organise Holroyd High School’s multicultural day where a traditional Turkish dance was performed with various foods also served.
Vahid has represented his school as football captain and promotes sportsmanship, integrity and fair play rules.
He is also a keen advocate of Holroyd High School’s blood donation program and has donated blood many times.
■ Anoji Thevarajah, Education
Girraween Selective High School student Anoji Thevarajah has won this year’s education award for outstanding academic achievement.
Anoji has represented her school at state and national academic competitions and has won the Dux of the year award for the past five years running.
With exceptional intellectual skills in a diverse range of different subjects Anoji has been awarded the Year Advisors Recognition Award and finished with distinction and credit honours in the 2012 National Geographic and Science competitions.
Aside from her many academic accomplishments, Anoji has also served her school as a Student Representative Council.
■ Dean Docker, Community Service
Merrylands High School student Dean Docker has won a personal achievement award for his academic and swimming skills over the past two years.
In 2011, Dean received three band six and two band five results in the Higher School Certificate making him one of the school’s high achievers.
He continued his outstanding academic results in 2012 by topping his year in biology and finishing among the top five in each of his other subjects.
Dean’s great results saw him selected for the University of Technology summer program.
He used the experience to develop his knowledge in science and make key industry contacts.
In the sporting arena Dean has excelled in swimming and athletics competitions which has seen him represent his school at regional level.
■ Rana Tabbaa, Environment
Outgoing Holroyd High School student Rana Tabbaa has won this year’s environmental award for her ongoing efforts in promoting her school’s recycling program.
The Student Representative Council member helped increase the program’s awareness through the school community and number the number of students participating.
As the school captain for 2012 Rana has used her position to promote the school’s core values of respect, responsibility and leadership.
Rana was presented with the principal’s award in 2011 and received a leadership award in 2012.
She was nominated for environmental award by her former year 12 coordinator who described Rana as innovative and active Holroyd District citizen.
■ Maddison King, Sport
Holroyd Council has named Maddison King as the 2013 sports award winner for her success in seven different sports.
Maddison is a member of McCredie Park Aquatics Swim Club and Guildford Pool swim squad.
In 2012 she won 1st place at the Age Championships and McCredie’s top girl swimmer for the third year in a row.
Maddison’s skills in the pool has seen her also selected for the under 17s girls water polo team and compete at the NSW Combined High Schools State Championships.
In school sport competitions Maddison has displayed her versatility by being selected for Greystanes High School’s basketball, netball, athletics and cross country teams.
Aside from her many sporting achievements Maddison also serves as a young ambassador for Holroyd Council.
She delivered a keynote speech in the junior legacy public speaking competition and was voted one of the top 26 under 14s speakers for NSW in 2012