EXTRAORDINARY members of the community are being recognised for their service to Maitland as nominees for the 2020 Maitland Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year Award.
This year's award recipients will be announced at Maitland's Official Australia Day Ceremony which starts at 10am on January 26.
The 2020 Maitland Citizen of the Year nominations include Lorna Epps, for her tireless contributions to the arts in Maitland; Anne Kelly, as a driving force behind the Slow Food Earth Markets and extensive volunteering in community organisations; Paul Lindeman, for his key work in Morpeth Men's Shed and other community groups; Alek Schulha, for promoting multiculturalism and Maitland's rich history; and Helen Tolhurst, for her work as a GP and advocate for Parkinson's Disease.
The 2020 Maitland Young Citizen of the Year nominations include Olivia Dailey, for her dedication and work towards community mental health; Ally Meyn, for her passion of improving the lives of those less fortunate or disadvantaged within the community; and Ben Worth, for his social conscience and dedication to Maitland.
"Although they don't do it for the recognition, it's great to see these amazing people acknowledged for their service and dedication to the Maitland community," Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said.
Last year, Wilma Lilley and Hayley Jones were the recipients of the Maitland's 2019 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year award at the Official Australia Day Ceremony.
Due to COVID restrictions attendance to the ceremony is invitation only, but the proceedings will be live streamed on the day for the community to see.
Watch Maitland's Official Australia Day Ceremony live stream here or via Council's Facebook.