Citizens of the Year announced

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Pat Scallan has been selected as Bridgetown-Greenbushes 2020 Citizen of the Year.
Camera IconPat Scallan has been selected as Bridgetown-Greenbushes 2020 Citizen of the Year. Credit: Tari Jeffers.

The Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes has announced the Citizen of the Year 2020 recipients.

Bridgetown-Greenbushes shire president John Nicholas praised the 2020 recipients of the Citizen of the Year awards, Pat Scallan, Blair Bermingham and Barbara Dickson.

“I think it gives the rest of the community a chance to say thank you to those people who have performed over a long period of time across a range of fields,” Cr Nicholas said.

Pat Scallan was awarded Citizen of the Year for his contribution to the community and involvement in community projects.

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“Volunteering is special because whatever you put in, you get out of it and if you as a little community have some long term goals, its nice to achieve some of those things,” Mr Scallan said.

Cr Nicholas said Mr Scallan was involved in fundraising for the revamped Bridgetown pool.

“It’s the work that he’s done as a community member, providing different sorts of events for communities, particularly his electorate of North Ward, but he’s also been involved in a huge amount stuff across the shire,” he said.

Bridgetown High School student Blair Bermingham was awarded Youth Citizen of the Year.

“He is a very strong supporter of people who are feeling down and has been an active participant in some of the sports events around Bridgetown, prepared to step in and help when his help is needed and prepared to lead when his leadership is needed,” Cr Nicholas said.

Barbara Dickson won Senior Citizen of the Year for her work in providing community health services, particularly in aged care.

“She’s never stopped learning in her chosen field and has provided significant amount of services to people in the community, generally at her own cost and generally for people who are struggling with finding medical services,” Cr Nicholas said. “She even has her own consultation room in her home where people visit her on a regular basis.”

Road safety program Mystery Tour of Life won the Active Citizenship Group or Event award, for its aim to demonstrate the consequences of traffic accidents to local high school students.

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