ROMA Gillings is the Cleve Council Citizen of the Year and Thomas Masters is the Young Citizen of the Year.
The pair will be presented their awards by Australia Day ambassador, former Premier and chief executive officer of Anglicare, the Honorable Reverend Doctor Lynn Arnold.
Mrs Gillings was described as a “quiet achiever with extraordinary talents and skill” who has devoted her time to numerous organisations within the district. Her nomination for the award included eight letters of support from groups she has volunteered with.
“Her exceptional talents lie in the playing of the piano, the organ and the piano accordion. She has played for balls, dances and many functions and events and plays fortnightly for the Melody Singers and at the Crestview Hostel. Her devotion and commitment to family is commendable. Whether it is siblings, children, grandchildren or great grandchildren she is readily available to assist. Her caring and compassionate nature is outstanding.”
Mrs Gillings was a well-respected long term employee of the Cleve District Hospital. She has been an active member of the hospital auxiliary and is still assisting at the hospital in measuring, cutting and sewing curtains, as well as mending. She is on the reserve list for Meal on Wheels and is an inaugural member of the Cleve Rose Club. She assists in the upkeep of the roses at the hospital. She is a keen supporter at the local show with her exhibits. Mrs Gillings is an active foundation member of the Cleve Probus Club and holds the treasurer position.
Thomas Masters is a young person who actively contributes to the health of his local community through volunteering and active commitment.
Thomas is the recipient of the Peter Treloar Citizenship Award. He was vice-captain of Cooranga House, captain of the Mile End Athletics Team, and took on the Auskick program with the Year 2/3 class. He is involved in Ports Football Club, and has taken on the role of assistant coach for Ports senior colts. He boundary umpired and was a Champions Academy Ambassador. Thomas is member and player of the Port Neill Cricket Club, and was captain of the Port Neill junior tennis team. He assisted with junior development at both clubs, regularly volunteering to score and umpire matches. He is in the process of joining the Wharminda CFS.