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Warrnambool Citizen of the Year - Rosemary Isaac

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News Article Date: 
Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Former primary school teacher and long-time Warrnambool volunteer Rosemary Isaac has been honoured with this year’s Warrnambool Citizen of the Year award.

Ms Isaac has been involved in a range of community organisations over several years including the Warrnambool Primary School, Warrnambool Family History Group, Warrnambool & District Historical Society, Cheese World Museum and the South West Branch of the Embroiders Guild of Victoria.

Ms Isaac said that she was “very surprised, but very grateful” upon hearing the news.

“There are some very illustrious people who have won before me,” she said.

“Most of my work is done in teams, so it’s not just me, but I hope this might bring a bit of notice to all of the groups.”

2020 was a challenging year, with Rosemary only able to carry out research at home, significantly reducing the time she was able to spend with her fellow volunteers.

“It was only the cemetery that kept going using Zoom. Everything else closed off,” she said.

“You could still do things at home. You can go and get something and bring it home and do some work, so the work hasn’t stopped.

“There weren’t those interactions anymore. It was very individualised where normally it’s quite a collective thing.

“I’ve been retired for 19 years and volunteering is a good way to make links and meet people. I’ve got lasting friendships out of it.”

Ms Isaac will be recognised along with other award recipients at Warrnambool’s official Australia Day event, to be held on the Civic Green from 10.30am on January 26. The ceremony, which will feature a performance by local musicians the Gablou Duo (Gabby Steel and Lou Ryan), will also be livestreamed on the Warrnambool City Council Facebook page.

 

Australia Day Awards – the details

Warrnambool Citizen of the Year – Rosemary Isaac, who has volunteer for many years with Warrnambool Primary School, Warrnambool Family History Group, Warrnambool & District Historical Society, Cheese World Museum and the South West Branch of the Embroiders Guild of Victoria.

Warrnambool Young Citizen of the Year - Andrew Pritchard, who served as a Warrnambool Youth Councillor for four years, has been an advocate for mental health and the environment, a carer and a participant in ANZAC Day services.

Local Achiever Award - Friends of Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, which recognises their work to create the Nature-Based Play Space at the gardens. The new play space is the product of more than 3,000 volunteer hours and was the popular choice during the Victorian Government’s Pick my Project initiative from 2018, receiving $198,000 in funding.

Community Event of the Year - the Warrnambool bushfire appeal, Coast Aid, which brought together local music acts and vendors, children's games and activities to raise funds for those affected by the 2019-2020 bushfires. A total of $16,500 was raised.

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