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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : January 28th 2009
6 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, January 29, 2009 MB AUSTRALIA DAY AWARDS www.innerwestweekly.com.au Alan Miller is Burwood's Citizen of the Year. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP237604 Honour for a humble hero SHIREEN KHALIL AUSTRALIA Day was an extra special day for Burwood resident William Alan Miller. Mr Miller was named the 2009 Burwood Citizen of the Year at a ceremony in Henley Park on Monday. ''This is not something I ex- pected and I'm definitely happy about it,'' he said. Mr Miller is the founding presi- dent of the Burwood Seniors Com- puter Club. The club has been active for more than four years, and has taught more than 400 students. Computer club vice-president Margaret McQueen said: ''It's wonderful that Alan has been chosen for this award. He is very deserving, always dedicated to community initiatives, and I am proud to be connected with him.'' Mr Miller has also been a mem- ber of the board of management at Woodstock Community Centre for 10 years, secretary of Burwood Uniting Church for 30 years, TAFE head of the science division and physics and mathematics teacher for almost 40 years. Burwood Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook congratulated Mr Miller on his award. ''It is important that we recog- nise the efforts of people like Mr Miller, humble heroes within our community,'' she said. Mr Concord loves his community FIONA BRADY Alan Wright is Canada Bay's Citizen of the Year. Picture: PHIL BLATCH HE should be called Mr Concord. Canada Bay's Citizen of the Year, Alan Wright, has spent more than 50 years working for his community. A former mayor of the old Concord Council during the 1970s, Mr Wright has notched up hundreds of hours helping groups like the Concord Heritage Society, Concord Food Services and Concord Rotary Club. He's also on the management committee of the Concord Community Hostel Aged Care Facility. Despite all this hard work the modest 78-year-old was shocked to find out he is Citizen of the Year. ''I was surprised when I learnt that I had won and very humbled,'' he said. ''There are so many people who do good things in the City of Canada Bay so it's wonderful to receive this honour.'' He said he first became involved in community work when he married local girl Lorna Mutton, whose father and brother were also Concord councillors and former state Liberal MPs. ''Everything I'm involved in, she's involved in too,'' he said. ''Perhaps a little bit more.'' He said community work was very rewarding. ''It's the lovely people you meet when you get involved in these things,'' he said. Canada Bay's Young Citizen of the Year is Patrick Massarani, of Drummoyne, and Sports Citizen of the Year is Bradley Zalloua, of Concord. Ashley Wing, of Drummoyne, is Arts and Culture Citizen of the Year. MOVING JOBS? ARRIVE IN ONE PIECE interview tips • resume advice • 1000's of jobs
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