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Awards honour tireless helpers
Awards honour tireless helpers

A CWA branch and a volunteer firefighter were among the recipients of Australia Day awards honouring outstanding contributors to the Bunbury community.

The Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year and Organisation of the Year were announced at a ceremony on Saturday morning.

Stephen Foster received the Citizen of the Year award for his long and ongoing involvement in several community organisations in Bunbury.

He was instrumental in bringing about the Rotary Club of Bunbury Leschenault’s Club Doctors, which offers free advice and mentoring to people involved with not-for-profit organisations.

Mr Foster said he was honoured to receive the award.

“I am astounded to be standing up here and I wonder whether all the nominees should be standing up here with me or I should be down there with you,” he said.

Colin Keys was announced as the Young Citizen of the Year for his work in the volunteer emergency services.

Mr Keys is a member of the Bunbury SES and was a member of the Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and the Capel St John Ambulance.

“ I’d like to thank the Bunbury SES for having me for five years – helping people is a great feeling,” he said.

The Country Women’s Association Bunbury branch was announced as the Organisation of the Year for its ongoing support for a range of organisations and charities over the years.

“This award belongs to past, present and future CWA members,” Bunbury branch president Jan Godsell said.

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