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29 September 2023

2023 Citizen of the Year Awards

2023 Citizen of the Year – Lorraine Preston

Lorraine contributes many hours to helping out those in less fortunate communities through her work with the Operation Christmas Child project and selling homegrown mangoes and donating the proceeds to a hospice in India. Locally, Lorraine volunteers for Seniors Lunches, organises the annual Community Christmas Carols through the Cranbrook Baptist Church and many other community events.

2023 Young Citizen of the Year – Teneale Briggs

Teneale embodies what it means to be a good community person. Teneale’s nomination was based on her watching out for younger children whether at play or going to school. Some examples given were her ability to correct any bullying or lack of inclusion with the younger children when she sees it happening, making sure everyone has a chance to play and feel included. We look forward to her growing as a community minded individual.

2023 Sporting / Club Person of the Year – Sonia Addis

Sonia has been a member of the Tenterden Tennis Club for over 30 years and is currently the Club’s Secretary. Sonia has been the driving force behind growing the Club’s memberships with the creation of their website, their social media presence and the development of club merchandise. Sonia is also involved in the Club’s event management, most recently Tenterden Tennis Club celebrated their 75th Anniversary, and celebrations of the Junior Tournament. Sonia has worked with other committee members and Shire staff in gaining funding and sponsorship for the upgraded of the Club’s courts.

Congratulations to Jacob Jones who was also nominated in this category for his achievements and volunteer work with the Cranbrook District Motorcycle Club.

2023 Community Achievement Award – Frankland Rummage Op Shop

This enterprise is run by a committee with June Roberts as Chairperson who established the Op Shop, June is supported by two other volunteers, Maureen Hilder and Gwenda Stone. All funds are donated to a wide range of local community groups and events and since 2015, a total of $40,000 has been distributed. The Op Shop is popular among locals and visitors.

Congratulations to all of our 2023 award winners and nominees.

From Left: Maureen Hilder, Lorraine Preston, Sonia Addis, June Roberts and Teneale Briggs

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