WOMEN dominate the 2014 Sutherland Shire Citizen, Young Citizen and Community Group of the Year awards announced at a ceremony at Sutherland Shire Council on Tuesday afternoon.
Sutherland Shire’s 2014 Citizen of the Year is Debbie Crowley, of Cronulla, who runs Guesthouse 83 in Cronulla, which provides low-cost accommodation to people in a dignified and respectful manner.
Mrs Crowley is also on the board of the Big Sister Foundation, which provides financial and social assistance.
She is on the board of Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre and is foster carer.
The Sutherland Shire 2014 Young Citizen of the Year award was jointly shared by high school students Lacinda Fisk, of Menai, and Carly Lovell.
Miss Fisk is 2014 Lucas Heights Community School captain and a leader in the school’s Environment Club. She spearheaded the school’s 2013 Clean Up Australia Day event, is part of the NSW Premier’s Volunteering Program, and was a finalist in the 2013 Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs award.
She helps Lucas Heights Support Unit for students with a disability, organises Red Cross blood donation runs and was named most outstanding Rural Fire Service cadet.
Miss Lovell is Gymea Technology High School’s 2013 school captain and is part of the School Leadership Assembly, the Junior Leadership Group and is a Peer Support Leader.
A passionate advocate of human rights, Carly has led the creation of a school humanitarian group and strives to raise awareness and funds to support organisations that address human rights globally.
She is a community volunteer with youth clubs and a youth ministry and travelled to Rwanda with her family to volunteer.
The most outstanding Community Group of the Year for 2014 is Dandelion Support Network, a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.
The group started in late 2011 and has assisted about 400 families by collecting donations of pre-loved baby and primary school aged children’s clothing, linen, toys and nursery equipment for distribution to families in need via hospital social workers and support agencies.