2011 Australia Day award winners
Here is some information about Yarra’s 2011 Australia Day Award winners:
Citizen of the Year - Meca Ho
Richmond resident Meca Ho took out the top honor of Yarra Citizen of the Year in recognition of his countless hours of volunteer work to support the Victoria Street community.
Meca’s passion for Victoria Street inspired him to work with local traders to improve the street’s sustainability credentials by introducing the Green Star Business Program and the Victoria Street Litter Prevention Project. He has introduced many local business owners to sustainable practices such as recycling and installing water tanks and energy efficient light globes.
Yarra’s Lunar New Year Festival would not have grown over the past decade into the state’s largest annual Vietnamese community event without Meca’s dedication and hard work.
Community Service of the Year - Anthony Brown
Best known as the weekday breakfast host on Koori Radio 3KND, Anthony is a dedicated member of Melbourne’s Aboriginal community. In addition to his work on radio, Anthony has worked in aboriginal health for more than 28 years. He is currently employed by the Victorian Aboriginal Health Service as a counsellor in the Koori Kids Mental Health Unit.
Anthony also volunteers his time to coach a football team for children with disabilities. He has become a role model for many people, especially Koori children and young people.
Woman of the Year - Thanh Kham Tran Dang
After arriving in Australia as a refugee with her husband and children in 1979, Kham has worked tirelessly in both voluntary and paid roles to assist the settlement and integration of newly arrived Vietnamese people into the local community.
As one of the founding members of the Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, Kham has dedicated her life to supporting new immigrants by connecting them with services, skills training and education assistance to help them make the most of their new life in Melbourne.
Young Citizen of the Year - Brendan Davey
At 23 years of age, Brendan has proven himself to be an inspirational young leader by volunteering his time to support young people living at the Atherton Gardens Housing Estate. He helped coordinate and deliver the Homework Support Program – the estates largest community program. He also successfully coordinated a Holiday Program for 80 children of refugee backgrounds.
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