THE Coleraine community has two reasons to be proud today with two residents honoured with the shire’s Citizen of the Year Awards.
Coralie Coulson and nine-year-old Sam Ness are the Southern Grampians Shire Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year Award winners respectively.
Other Coleraine residents, Thelma Wombwell and Julie Taylor, have also been honoured with Community Recognition Awards.
Hamilton residents, Peter Tew, Jane Chin and Jennifer Neaves, Balmoral resident, Lisa Hutchins, Cavendish resident, Shirley Mailes, and Glenthompson resident, Sally Dawson, will also receive Community Recognition Awards at today’s Australia Day ceremony.
Penshurst’s 150th Celebration committee will also be presented with an award for the shire’s Community Event of the Year.
Mrs Coulson being part of Coleraine and said that volunteering was just something that needed to be done when you lived in a small, rural town.
“You just do what you need to do; you just step up because if you want to have these things in our little community, then someone has to do them,” she said.
Coleraine Primary School grade four student, Sam Ness, is being honoured with the Young Citizen of the Year Award for his work in helping people less fortunate than himself.
On a trip to Melbourne with his family, the nine-year-old saw homeless people for the first time and has since made it his goal to help them by organising drives for St Vincent de Paul.
Full report in today’s Spectator.