Who will be our 2024 Citizen of the Year?

Wendy Mulligan
23rd Jan 2024

Wendy Mulligan, David
Kanaley and Sharon Bowles
(Joint Project Managers of the
Guyra Memorial Park)

Their joint vision in 2020 to develop a Guyra Memorial Park, honouring Guyra men and women who served in WWI and WWII, would fulfil a 1951 Guyra Shire Council resolution and also provide a welcoming and attractive space for visitors and citizens of Guyra.
Their identification of and successful applications to appropriate Federal funding bodies for the 3 elements of the project – Memorial Avenue of Trees(Wendy Mulligan), Commemorative Stones(Sharon Bowles) and the Mandala Garden(David Kanaley).
Community interest generated, the number of organisations who wished to be involved and contribute to the project and the number of attendees at the opening of the Guyra Memorial Park on Remembrance Day 2023 is testament to the joint success of Wendy, David and Sharon in creating a truly community facility of which Guyra can be very proud.

David Kanaley
(individual nomination)
It is 7 years since David Kanaley came to live in Guyra. He is currently President of Guyra Rotary, has been Treasurer of the Garden Club, Grant Application Officer for the Chamber of Commerce, case worker for St Vincent de Paul and Guyra Choir member.
David has opened his garden twice in support of Troutfest.
For the past 3 years been Project Director for Guyra Garden Club’s Memorial Park & Mandala Garden. He has steered this project from beginning to end and the Guyra community will reap the rewards of his efforts now and into the future.

Sharon Bowles
(individual nomination)
Sharon is a very active member of the Guyra Garden Club and was responsible for researching the Guyra and district citizens names who paid the supreme sacrifice in World Wars I and II, for the monument in Memorial Park.
Sharon’s efforts in searching through military records was a huge undertaking, making sure all who died were recognised. Descendants of many of these servicemen still reside in the district and is a visible record of Guyra’s citizens who died for their country.
This project included working with the manufacturers of the monument.
Sharon is a member of the Guyra Historical Society where her researching skills are put to good use.

Margaret Grills
Margaret has a history of going above and beyond in services to individuals and community. She has been a volunteer at Guyra MPS for the last 11 years.
Many successful activities conducted through diversional Therapy are thanks to the efforts and support of Margaret.
On Margaret’s volunteer day, she is known to arrive with morning tea she has prepared for the residents. She is also involved with the home cooked lunches and BBQ breakfasts twice a month for the residents.
Margaret is also part of a knitting group that donates to charity and previously volunteered at Kolora.
Margaret has a great relationship with the residents and staff and is loved and respected by all.

Barbara and John Ross
Barbara & John kindly open up their home for open gardens during festivals in Guyra. The couplemoved into Guyra 7-8 years ago and are very community minded.They voluntarily weed and care for public and town gardens
John and Barbara were recently witnessed planting new gardens around the Council building in hot, sunny weather. It would have been hard work.
They are very active members of the Guyra Garden Club and the Guyra and Community Progress Association. They are supportive of other community events including Troutfest, Rotary Carnival, and the RSL. They are a very friendly couple who always say hello to people in the street, even if they do not know their names.

Robin Godlonton
Robin is one of the Head Stewards at the Guyra Show in the Needlework Section, helping set up before, during and after the show. She also donates many encouragement awards for the junior section.
Over a number of years Robin has conducted sewing classes during some of the school holidays.
This entails a lot of organisation and all the children take home what they have made over the few days.
Robin is a key organiser for the craft group during the Lamb & Potato Festival.
She also plays a supportive role to the Guyra SES, supplying food when required and is on the catering committee for the Presbyterian Church.
Robin is also on the Trout Festival committee and helps deliver some of the Guyra Gazettes.

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