2016 Brimbank Australia Day Award winners announced
The winners of the 2016 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at a special ceremony on 18 January 2016, attended by award winners and nominees, their families and friends.
Citizen of the Year: Despina Havelas
Young Citizen of the Year: Nyakeer Akoul
Community Wellbeing Awards: The Sunshine Hospital Visitor Guide
Environmental Achievement Award: Linda Roberts
Cultural Achievement Award: Debbie Qadri
Educator of the Year: Beatriz Castillo
Lifetime Achievement Award: Alan Dash
Essential Services Excellence: Margaret Wood and Malcolm Peacock, Red Cross.
Congratulations to Brimbank Educator of the Year, Beatriz Castillo! Beatriz migrated to Australia from Argentina in 1999. After learning English at the Sydenham Community Centre in 2000, she has remained a committed member of the community. Since 2010 Beatriz, has been a passionate and dedicated self-taught volunteer tutor at the same community centre, holding cooking classes attracting large numbers. She reaches out to people with disabilities and older people and assists in preventing possible social isolation for minority groups in her classes.