Citizen of the Year Winners

​​​30 January 2018

The Kwinana Citizen of the Year for 2018 has been awarded to 83-year-old Abram Ziegelaar, president of the local St Vincent de Paul, at the City of Kwinana's annual Australia Day event on Friday, 26 January 2018.

Mr Ziegelaar was presented his award by 2017 Citizen of the Year, Mandy Grubb in front of a crowd of more than 500 people, at the Kwinana Adventure Park.

The event, which treated the community to a free BBQ breakfast cooked by Kwinana Rotary, water slides, a DJ and a visit from native Australian animals, also saw the Youth Citizen of the Year awarded to Ebony Pavlov and Senior Citizen of the Year to Max Bird. 48 people became new Australian citizens at a special citizenship ceremony also held at the event.

Each year on Australia Day, Local Governments across Western Australia present the Community Citizen of the Year Awards to recognise individuals and organisations making a notable contribution in their communities. 

Mayor Carol Adams extended her congratulations to the new Citizen of the Year.

"Mr Ziegelaar has been a cornerstone of the Kwinana community for many years, always being one of the first to help those less fortunate," said Mayor Adams. "Citizen of the Year is a prestigious award and just a small way we can thank Abram Ziegelaar for a life lived for others."

"To be nominated in the Citizen of the Year Awards is an achievement in itself, and winners and nominees should be equally proud. We are fortunate to have so many outstanding citizens giving back to the Kwinana community," Mayor Adams added.

Citizen of the Year

Nominees: Jo Minney; Erin Bell; Abram Ziegelaar
Winner: Abram Ziegelaar

Since moving to Kwinana 50 years ago, Abram Ziegelaar has contributed enormously to shaping the Kwinana community as we know it today. Along with his wife, Abram Ziegelaar has been a long-term member of the Kwinana Branch of St Vincent de Paul, providing ongoing support and stability for countless families.  At the age of 83, Mr Ziegelaar is still serving as President of St Vincents de Paul.

Mr Ziegelaar's dedicated hard work has seen him be a cornerstone to the Kwinana community throughout the years. He has played a pivotal leadership role in planning and sourcing of funding for the current "Vinnies" building on the corner of Medina Ave and Summerton Road.  This project even saw Mr Ziegelaar and other volunteers help lay the bricks for the building. 

In the early years, while Abram Ziegelaar and his wife Thea Ziegelaar raised their six sons, Mr Ziegelaar actively volunteered at a range of sporting groups and the local scout group. His acts of kindness over the years have included visiting the sick and lonely, packing and delivering food hampers, carrying out handy man jobs, driving people to appointments and the sourcing and delivering white goods and household furniture to those who have nothing.

Abram Ziegelaar is an inspiration to the Kwinana community.

​​Kwinana Citizen of the Year 2018 Abram Ziegelaar​ accepting his award from Mayor Carol Adams

Citizen of the Year – Senior

Nominees: Fred Brewer; Max Bird; Allen Sewell; Greg Williams; and Allan Lewis
Winner: Max Bird

Max Bird is a longstanding member of the Kwinana Community.  He has been a member of the local Rotary Club for 19 years, being president twice and has committed his time to many different community projects over the years.  Mr. Bird is the spearhead of the Rotary Timor project that delivers clean drinking water to remote villages. He has raised $200,000 towards this project so far and installed wells in four remote villages. This has seen attendance of girls in the local schools improve dramatically, as these girls previously walked long distances to access water for the family before they could attend school. 

Mr. Bird is a key player in the Rotary Bread Run, which supplies bread for school breakfast clubs in the area and is a Director of the new Kwinana Branch of the Bendigo Branch.  Max Bird's dedication to making this world a better place makes him a deserving winner of Kwinana's Senior Citizen of the Year.

Kwinana Citizen of the Year - Senior, Max Bird,​ accepting his award from Mayor Carol Adams

Citizen of the Year – Youth

Nominees: Ebony Pavlov; and Tia Jones.
Winner: Ebony Pavlov​

Ebony Pavlov has made a truly significant and ongoing commitment to young people in Kwinana. A passionate volunteer, Ms Pavlov gives her time to a number of organisations including Uniting Care West; Emergency Service Cadets; Kwinana Tee Ball; the Kwinana Youth Advisory Council; and the City's LyriK (Leadership, Youth, Respect in Kwinana) program. She involves herself in community activities, regularly giving up her own time to help others. Ms Pavlov is studying community services and education support so that she can continue to help others in the future. Ebony Pavlov is a true role model to young people in Kwinana, and a deserving winner of Youth Citizen of the Year.​

Kwinana Citizen of the Year - Youth, Ebony Pavlov,​ accepting her award from Mayor Carol Adams

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