City of South Perth Recognises Active Citizens


Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 City of South Perth Citizen of the Year and Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards.

Outstanding achievements of the City’s community members are recognised through the City’s annual Citizen of the Year Awards. The criteria for these awards are the same as for the Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award, also coordinated by the City. These awards are run concurrently with winners in each category receiving both awards. Nominations are encouraged for residents and/or ratepayers of the City of South Perth, who have made a community contribution by improving, developing and nurturing the quality of life within the City and for its residents. 

It was a pleasure to attend the ceremony and present the winners with their awards.


The Winner of the 2011 Premier’s Australia Day Active Citizenship Award and City of South Perth Citizen of the Year Award was Dena Gower, nominated by Maxine Boyd.

Dena Gower is a tireless worker within Aboriginal affairs both in the Manning/Karawara area and broader.  Dena has at the core of her very being to address all levels of disadvantage currently facing Aboriginal people.  Dena puts in hundreds of volunteer hours a year to keep the issue of local Aboriginal disadvantage on the agenda.  Dena works to keep the Aboriginal voice strong.  She does this through the women’s group which she coordinates to become involved in many activities and projects that benefit the broader City of South Perth community. For example she was the key organiser of the Moorditj Keila stall at Fiesta, liaised with the Art Gallery for Moorditj Keila women to participate in Perth’s cultural Art in Bloom, coordinated artist Karen Winmar and Moorditj Keila group to organise the COSP Banners in the Terrace entry and much more.  She received special mention for her work within Moorditj Keila Group at Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 2008.

The winner of the 2011 City of South Perth Young Citizen of the Year and Premier’s Australia Day Active Young Citizenship Award was Caitlyn Rogers, nominated by Leisa Antonio.

Caitlyn completed a work place learning volunteer position with edventures wa Incorporated.  A small not for profit youth organisation operating in the South Perth region.  Throughout Caitlyn’s work placement she contributed significantly to organising programs to be delivered to young people in the South Perth region.  Caitlyn’s work ethic displayed was fantastic and her ongoing commitment to improved services for young poeple in the community will continue with Caitlyn exploring further study options in this area post school.  All edventures staff were impressed by her strong work ethic and as such have suggested Caitlyn become part of edventures work team and youth voice action group into 2011.  Caitlyn is committed to finding resolutions to issues young people are facing in the community.  Caitlyn was awarded with a significant participation certificate from edventures.

The winner of the 2011 City of South Perth Premier’s Australia Day Active Community Group or  Award was the Moorditj Keila Aboriginal Group, nominated by Maxine Boyd. 

Moorditj Keila provides numerous services to the local Aboriginal community including cultural events, banner in the terrace art, men and women’s groups, Art in Bloom entry, homework group, sewing etc.  Moorditj Keila activities run through dedicated volunteers who work at all times to bridge the cultural and social gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous community members.  Moorditj Keila’s entry of Art in Bloom was exhibited at the Art Gallery of WA.


Also awarded Premier’s Awards were Yurleen Dorothy Winmar, Communicare VIP Plus and the Royal Perth Golf Club Women’s Charity Day Committee. Congratulations to each of those recipients for their well-deserved recognition for their contribution to the community.


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