Wyndham 2006 Citizen of the Year Announced

10th February 2006

The results are in!  The Wyndham Citizen of the Year for 2006 is Ms Julie Mason.

Wyndham Mayor Cr Shane Bourke, who is the 2005 Wyndham Citizen of the Year, will present Ms Mason with her award at the Wyndham Awards ceremony which will be held at the Wyndham Leisure and Events Centre on Friday 17 March 2006.

“It is an honour as the 2005 Citizen of the Year and Mayor of Wyndham City Council to be able to present Ms Mason with this prestigious award,” Cr Bourke said.

"Ms Mason is passionate about the Wyndham community and has demonstrated this by immersing herself in community work through a broad range of roles,” he said.

Ms Mason is being recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Wyndham community through her involvement in community initiatives such as the Quality Community Plan, Rotary and her achievements in the field of education.

Ms Mason was a member of the Quality Community Plan (QCP) Taskforce and took on the role of Chair in 2004 and 2005.  She retired from the Taskforce in 2005 after serving the maximum community membership period of four years. 

During her time on the Taskforce, Ms Mason oversaw the development of the QCP Action Plan 2004-2007 and was instrumental in establishing the QCP Education Committee, a sub-committee of the Taskforce.  The Education Committee works to ensure that residents have access to learning opportunities that increase employment opportunities and improve quality of life.  Ms Mason played a key role in the development of the Wyndham Community Education Plan 2004-2007 and continues to serve as chair of the Education Committee.

Ms Mason, who is Principal of Derrimut Heath Primary School, uses her prominent position within the Wyndham education sector to harness support for the achievement of QCP goals and highlight community messages, such as the anti-graffiti message, through her teachings.

Ms Mason is also a dedicated Rotarian and has taken on a number of local and district responsibilities.  Locally, Ms Mason is the past president of Wyndham Rotary (2000/01) and past Club Secretary (2002-2004).  Currently, Ms Mason is a member of the New Generation Committee that provides young people with personal development and leadership opportunities. She is also Program Director, who ensures the Club has informative and interesting speakers for the weekly meetings, Rotaract Mentor and the organiser of the Rotary House Project that assists young people aged between 10 and 14 to stay connected to schooling.  Ms Mason also played a key role in establishing the Anti Graffiti Group in conjunction with the Werribee Chamber of Commerce and Wyndham PROUD.

At a district level, Ms Mason is a member of the District Protection Committee and a board member of the Australian Rotary Health Research Fund that raises awareness of mental health issues in the community and fundraises for mental health research.

“Wyndham is very fortunate to be home to citizens like Julie Mason who are committed to making our community a better place to live for all residents,” Cr Bourke said.

“The Wyndham Awards acknowledge the extraordinary contribution residents make to the Wyndham community.  Julie Mason is a worthy recipient of the Citizen of the Year award and I congratulate her on her achievement,” he said.

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