Inspirational leaders win Australia day awards

Australia Day Churchill
A beautiful sunny morning greeted everyone who attended the Australia Day awards organised by the Churchill & District Lions Club in the car park at Churchill Hotel.
The day’s proceedings began with a welcome by the MC, Lion Peter McShane. The 1st Churchill Scouts did the flag raising. This was followed by the singing of Advance Australia Fair.
Reverend Peter Carter of the Co-Operating Churches of Churchill, Boolarra, Yinnar read a prayer for Australia Day which acknowledged our entire history.
Councillor Darrell White, on behalf of Latrobe City Council, began his words with an acknowledgment that we were meeting here today on the traditional land of the Braiakaulung people of the Gunaikurnai nation and paid respect to their Elders past and present. We also acknowledge other Elders present with us today.
Darrell said that Australia day was an opportunity to show our pride in Australia – the Lucky Country. It is an opportunity to enjoy being together and celebrating as well as an opportunity to pause and reflect on what being Australian means. This includes thinking about how we can make this great country even better and help Latrobe City Council to accomplish this by giving positive feedback.
He acknowledged the important role volunteers play in our communities, making special mention of the volunteer firefighters who have done such an amazing job with the horrific fires we have experienced this fire season. He said such tragedies bring us closer together and help each other in the difficulties as we forge forward.
Australians come from all walks of life - we are a multicultural country. The afternoon celebrations would see fifty people become Australian Citizens.
Darrell finished by thanking the Lions Club for all the work they do, and particularly for the day’s efforts.
The awards were then made to the following:
Jacob Dickinson – Nomination for Churchill Junior Citizen Award – Australian 2019
The Churchill Baseball Club would like to nominate their member Jacob Dickinson for the 2019 Junior Citizen of the Year.
Jacob is 16 years of age, born on October 24, 2003 and lives in Churchill. Until the past year Jacob was struggling at all levels with very few friends, and he has now turned his life around.
He is currently studying Outdoor Education under the banner of Sports Education, while performing Community Service at Traralgon Technical College. Next year Computer Sciences.
Whilst this was occurring, his parents suffered various medical issues and his grandparents have stepped up to help him. Jacob is also a volunteer teacher’s aide and is undergoing work placement in this field. He attends gym three days per week
Jacob’s weekends are spent travelling
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