WHEN Edith Forse's name was called as the citizen of the year yesterday she was overwhelmed with emotion.
The tireless community worker couldn't hold back the tears.
She was recognised on Australia Day as one of nine special people within our community as an Australian citizen who keeps on giving.
Mrs Forse volunteers at the CWA, Proserpine Hospital and the Queensland Cancer Council. “I know I do a lot of community work but that is because I love doing it,” she said.
“I love helping people.
“I'd prefer to give than receive.”
This selfless attitude was also echoed among the other award winners.
At just 17, Ben Lloyd-Lewis was recognised as the young citizen of the year for his work with Rotary, Lions, Zonta, the PCYC, Disability and Community Care Services, the Whitsunday Youth Affairs Committee, the Red Shield Appeal, the Whitsunday Sailing Club ‘Sailability' program and Relay for Life.
He said winning the award meant so much to him but helping people was really the rewarding part.
“I just like the look on people's faces when someone less fortunate gets a helping hand,” he said.
Arlene Robertson was crowned the older person of the year for her work with many clubs and charity groups including the Red Cross and the Lions Club.
Australia Day award winners
- Citizen of the year – Edith Forse
- Young citizen of the year – Ben Lloyd-Lewis
- Older person of the year – Arlene Robertson
- Junior cultural award – Chez Rock
- Senior cultural award – Reef Festival Committee – accepted by Danielle Seymour
- Junior sports award – Luke Henry
- Senior sports award – David Nicholas
- Sports administrator award – Lola Mudie
- Community event of the year – Proserpine Citizens Band Centenary Concert – accepted by Stephen O'Brien