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Australia Day Awards Nominees and Recipients 2019
29 January, 2019
Citizen of the Year – Greig Bolderrow
Young Citizen of the Year
Young Citizen of the Year – Karen Boulton
She hopes her time as the Member for Maryborough will encourage more youths to engage in finding positive outcomes for the community.
Karen also uses this position to advocate on behalf of Fraser Coast youths and raise significant issues such as youth suicide and self-harm and suggest possible solutions that will support local youths.
She meets regularly with Fraser Coast Regional Council representatives to discuss youth-related issues and initiatives to support and empower local youth.
Karen’s ultimate goal is the establishment of a youth centre on the Fraser Coast.
She volunteers at many community activities ranging from Victory Care Services, the Maryborough Speedway and at the Fraser Coast Show and equestrian events.
Karen was heavily involved in the Cancer Council’s Relay for Life, acting as event co-ordinator and was a member of the organizing committee, fundraising and setting up for the event.
She opened Youth Week events in Howard and Maryborough and engaged with local businesses to support the event by donating prizes.
Karen was a baton bearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay for the Commonwealth Games.
In recognition of her volunteer work, Karen was recently the 2018 recipient of the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award Fraser Coast.
Karen’s contribution to her community is made even more remarkable given she has a disability; a rare condition known as 1Q21.1 Deletion Syndrome which affects her physical and intellectual development.
Karen does not let her disability define her, and chooses to use her disability to show others that anything is possible, and you can achieve your goals despite the challenges you may face.
She is not afraid to actively demonstrate her passion and commitment to issues and works hard to inspire other young people to overcome their challenges and to make a difference in their community.
Her goals for 2019 include implementing a “Passion Club” at Riverside Christian College which will allow students to debate important topics and provide her with an opportunity to learn what issues are important to youth and to take these to a wider audience.
Cultural Award of the Year
Cultural Award of the Year – Rebecca Knowles