The Bayside Citizen of the Year Award is an opportunity to nominate someone who deserves special recognition for the extraordinary contribution they have made to the Bayside community.
The Award recognises the exceptional contributions made by an individual to the local community in the areas of community services, charitable work, education/school development, environment, arts and culture, sport, or humanitarian initiatives that enhance the quality of life for residents.
Nominations close on Tuesday, 1 November and the awards will be announced by Mayor Joe Awada on Australia Day Wednesday, 26 January 2022.
Award Categories are:
- Citizen of the Year
- Sportsperson of the Year
- Young Citizen of the Year (16 to 25 years)
Paula Lara is the Bayside Citizen of the Year 2021 in recognition of her ongoing commitment to volunteer community work.
Paula has dedicated her time volunteering at a variety of local activities including her children's school at St Therese Primary School Mascot.
Paula founded the charity Plates4Mates in 2017 alongside two friends with the mission to help those less fortunate in Sydney by providing a plate of food for a mate that needs it most.
Paul Taliana is the Bayside Sportsperson of the Year 2021.
In an extraordinary period for sport that has seen venues closed and competitions cancelled Council decided to acknowledge someone with a lifetime commitment our sporting community.
Paul began playing soccer for Pagewood Soccer Club in 1967 and was one of the founding members of the Pagewood Botany Football Club in 1976.
Evelyn Hsieh is Bayside's 2021 Young Citizen of the Year.
Evelyn has been a committed and passionate volunteer for two youth participation projects facilitated by 2Connect Youth & Community.
More Information: https://www.bayside.nsw.gov.au/news/citizen-year-awards