Frankston City’s outstanding citizens for 2018 will be honoured on Australia Day for their selfless commitment to others, inspiring community spirit and dedication to volunteering.
At a special Australia Day citizenship ceremony held at the Frankston Arts Centre, Frankston City Mayor Colin Hampton announced the 2018 Citizen of the Year, 2018 Senior Citizen of the Year, 2018 Young Citizen of the Year and 2018 Community Event of the Year.
“Each year we invite the community to nominate individuals who have made a positive impact and contributed to creating a better Frankston City so we can acknowledge and show our appreciation for their exceptional work,” said the Mayor.
“It gives me great pleasure to announce our successful recipients for the 2018 Citizen of the Year Awards: Cheryl Myers, Hilary Poad, Eilis Peters and the Rotary Club of Frankston’s Seaford Farmers Market.”
Frankston City’s 2018 Citizens of the Year will receive a commemorative certificate and be involved in a range of Frankston City projects and events throughout the year.
Frankston City 2018 Citizens of the Year biographies
2018 Frankston City Citizen of the Year
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Cheryl Myers has been nominated by Kelvin Park, current President of Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Frankston Sub-Branch).
Cheryl has been a member of the Sub-Branch along with her husband for a period of 11 years and has filled the role as Secretary for nine years. She has also been the Welfare Officer in excess of 8 years and her vast knowledge of the veteran community in Victoria, particularly in the Frankston and surrounding areas, allows her to fill both roles with distinction. Cheryl’s reputation within the groups is unquestionable with member having no problem talking to her if they have a problem. I am in no doubt that the Sub-Branch would not exist today let alone be one of the leading Sub-Branches in Victoria if it were not for Cheryl.
The 2017 Vietnam Veterans Day Service held at Frankston Beauty Park War Memorial was such a success that the service awarded a mention in Parliament in Canberra as outstanding service by our local Federal Member, Mr Chris Crewther. Cheryl single handed organised this ceremony.
Cheryl is also the President of the Frankston and district Partners of Veteran Association. She is so highly regarded by this organisation that she has been asked to consider sitting on the National Executive of the Association.
2018 Frankston City Senior Citizen of the Year
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Hilary Poad was nominated by former Councillor, Mrs Judy Wachendorfer. Hilary has been an extraordinary citizen of Frankston. Her contributions have been inspired by her great passion for Frankston – its environment, its liveability and its community.
After arriving in Frankston in 1994, Hilary saw the need for various positive changes and set about achieving some better outcomes. As a democratic and dedicated community activist, her aim is to mobilise the community and involve interested parties to ensure the very best things happen in Frankston.
Hilary has attended nearly every Ordinary Meeting of Frankston Council for over 20 years often giving verbal and written submissions and a frequent participator of “Question Time”. She has also taken part in many FCC and State Government workshops, panel hearings, forms and meetings always with a clear vision and direction for the city.
She has been an active community member – as a volunteer, consultant, participant, advocate, networker, environmentalist, conservationist and community watchperson over all things happening around her. Her devotion to Frankston especially through her impact on planning issues and urban design has helped those who live here and those who will live in the future.
She has been or still a member of many community groups including:
- Foundation member of Friends of Frankston (FOF) formed in 2002
- Member of Executive of FOF for 4 years
- Previous member of FCC CAD Beautification Committee
- Previous member of the first FCC Foreshore Advisory Committee
- Foundation member of Long Island Residents Group (LIRA)
- Member and previous committee member of Kananook Creek Association (KYA)
- Member of Frankston Beach Association
2018 Frankston City Young Citizen of the Year
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Eilis was nominated by John Albiston of Frankston High School. Eilis is an outstanding young citizen and the deputy school captain at Frankston High School. She displays the following qualities; excellent communications skills, self-directed, highly motivated, ability to work and lead a team, displays initiative, possesses excellent organisation skills and inspiring commitment to making a difference.
Eilis has been selected to attend the Ladies Somers Camp for 2018 through her involvement and passion for change. On discovering Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Eilis has continued educating students and teachers on the importance of safety and the message that the foundation promotes.
Eilis is a conscientious and highly motivated student not only in her studies but passions. She has received the following award in recognition of her leadership and work in the community; 2018 Deakin Young Influencer
She has been involved in fundraising for various community groups including The Kokoda Track Foundation, Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Anzac Day and Remembrance Day and the Luke Batty Foundation.
2018 Frankston City Community Event of the Year
Rotary Club of Frankston’s Seaford Farmers Market
Contact: Terry Schneider (President), Schneider.email@example.com
David Cross has nominated this event. The Seaford Farmers Market marked its 10th Anniversary in November and is held monthly every third Sunday of each month. The market brings together a group of stallholders to sell to the local community such goods as fruit and vegetables, meat products, bread and cakes, household items such as soaps, candles etc., and arts and crafts; along with food and drinks for consumption at the market.
The Rotary Club of Frankston runs a hot food stall with all profits going towards our various charitable projects. In additional local community groups regularly hold stalls; groups such as the Seaford Community Group including Downes Estate Community Project, BAlternative (a sustainability group), the Frankston Food Access Network and the free book program for young children. The Seaford Farmers Market offers the community the opportunity to support small, local producers and retailers in a friendly and pleasant environment.
The Rotary Club of Frankston has raised in excess of $400,000 over the ten years the market has been running which has been distributed to worthwhile organisations and charities. The most significant local donations include:
- $20,000 for a new ultrasound machine for the Antenatal Clinic at Frankston Hospital (2016)
- $20,000 for new Jaws of Life equipment for the Frankston SES (2015)
- $30,000 for High End Servo Ventilator for Frankston Hospital (2015)
The Seaford Farmers Market has arguably been the catalyst for the revitalisation of the Seaford Village Shopping Centre. The Rotary Club of Frankston takes great pride in the positive outcomes for the community that has resulted, directly or indirectly.