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Maitland’s deserving citizens to be recognised


Five more-than-worthy residents are in line to be named the Maitland Citizen of the Year next week.

The impressive nominees include Lorna Epps, Anne Kelly, Paul Lindeman, Alek Schulha and Dr Helen Tolhurst.

Olivia Dailey, Ally Meyn and Ben Worth will vie for the Young Citizen of the Year award.

And, we’ll discover this year’s winners at Maitland’s official Australia Day ceremony, which starts at 10am on Tuesday 26 January.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions attendance to the function is invitation only, but the proceedings will be live-streamed on the day for the community to view.

The 2020 Maitland Citizen of the Year nominations include Ms Epps, for her tireless contributions to the arts in Maitland; Ms Kelly, as a driving force behind the Slow Food Earth Markets and extensive volunteering in community organisations; Mr Lindeman, for his key work in Morpeth Men’s Shed and other community groups; Mr Schulha, for promoting multiculturalism and Maitland’s rich history; and Dr Tolhurst, for her work as a GP and advocate for Parkinson’s Disease.

The 2020 Maitland Young Citizen of the Year nominations consist of Ms Dailey, for her dedication and work towards community mental health; Ms Meyn, for her passion of improving the lives of those less fortunate or disadvantaged within the community; and Mr 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.

Wilma Lilley and Hayley Jones were the recipients of Maitland’s 2019 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year titles respectively.

Watch Maitland’s official Australia Day ceremony live-stream here or via council’s Facebook.

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