Locals honoured at awards ceremony

Gordon Taylor, Eve Chappell, Jan Lemon, Lyn Hill and Mark Symons
Gordon Taylor, Eve Chappell, Jan Lemon, Lyn Hill and Mark Symons

Four outstanding contributors to the Glen Innes and Severn community have won honours on Australia day 2016 at a ceremony held in the Town hall.

RSL Sub branch president Gordon Taylor was awarded the Citizen of the year for his work as a school liaison officer sharing his knowledge of the district with students and for his concern with the welfare of local veterans and their health.  

Mr Taylor said he was humbled and honoured to be named the Glen Innes Citizen of the year.

“I accept the award on behalf of all the veterans in Glen Innes, it is an honour and I will continue to do my best for them and to keep assisting the elderly and less mobile members of our community in the years ahead,” he said.

Young Citizen of the year was awarded to Mark Symons for his volunteering efforts with catering and fund raising and for spending time with the elderly in his Emmaville community.

Mr Symons said it was a great pleasure to accept the award.

“I’d like to thank the ladies at Emmaville that I help and I do it because I love it and I feel privileged to be even nominated for this award,” he said.

The Community Event of the year went to the ‘100 years of service exhibition’ for putting on an event that was for a wide range of people and helped many comprehend stories of local men and women who served in the armed forces.

Lyn Hill accepted the award and said she feels great pride but that the award really should be shared amongst the community.

“The community of Glen Innes and the people that helped me put the event together should feel very proud of this achievement,’ she said.

The Land of the Beardies History House was awarded the Voluntary community organisation of the year for giving freely of their time to do research for other people and for assisting other community organisation when required.

Museum Manager Eve Chappell said she accepted the award on behalf of a large group of people who all give their time selflessly.

“I am thrilled that the Glen Innes Historical society has been recognised in this manner,” she said.

Local Australia Day Committee Chair Jan Lemon said it was very difficult for the judges to make a decision on award recipients this year due to quality of the nominees.


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