‘Backbone of community’ honoured in once-a-year awards

A local community winner whose attempts have assisted feed thousands of persons in require has been named the Sunshine Coastline Citizen of the 12 months.

Michele Lipner has been honoured for her perseverance to assisting other individuals, lessening food items squander and advocating for vital conduct transform.

A Coolum community, Michele is the founder and coordinator of the neighborhood chapter of OzHarvest, Australia’s primary foods rescue organisation.

Just about every thirty day period, Michele and her workforce of volunteers, gather extra than 15,000 kilos of good quality surplus foods from 40 meals donors and re-distribute it to 45 businesses to feed people in have to have.

The regional organisation raises extra than awareness, offering a array of systems these kinds of as ‘Cooking for a Cause’ and ‘Food Education and learning and Sustainability Training’, to support empower the neighborhood make wonderful sustainability decisions.

Sunshine Coast Council Performing Mayor Rick Baberowski explained people today like Michele formed the spine of our Sunshine Coastline local community.

“This calendar year, we received 63 Sunshine Coastline Australia Working day nominations across seven types with a typical thread weaving as a result of each a person — just about every nominee was praised for their selflessness and their determination to assisting other individuals,” Cr Baberowksi explained.

“Together the nominations sort a wonderful account of the steps of every day men and women who make a change. It is a humbling account and just about every nominee must experience pretty very pleased.

“The Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards present an critical platform to recognise the initiatives of the special people today, charities and organisations that assistance our location and to say thank you.

“On behalf of Sunshine Coast — to all these nominated equally this yr and in previous a long time — a sincere thank you.”

The 2023 Senior Citizen of the Year is Nambour’s Gary Langford.

Considering that transferring to the spot in 1990, Gary has been a devoted Nambour stalwart, supplying time and management in many roles across numerous organisations and charities.

Gary is the President of the Nambour Community Ambulance Committee (LAC) wherever he has served given that 1999. A passionate ambulance provider advocate, Gary has received numerous awards for his company.

The 2023 Young Citizen of the 12 months is Mason Hope-Kassulke.

Mason gained a glowing nomination for his advocacy and guidance of mental health, his volunteer work with 4 Paws Animal Rescue and his involvement with arts preparing for the region

Mason is an award-profitable artist and songwriter and employs this as a platform to increase consciousness and crank out funds and assistance for psychological wellbeing.

The Local community Team or Organisation award (TIE) The Board Conference Surf Charity and Sunshine Coast Driving for the Disabled

The Board Assembly Surf Charity started off in 2003 to aid swimmer Ty Belnap contend in the Planet Down Syndrome Championships — he arrived residence with a few medals. Fast forward to 2022 and the charity carries on to deliver funding for Sunshine Coast families with young children who have actual physical and psychological disabilities.

The charity has lifted more than $3.25 million and allocated just about every dollar to all those who have fallen by the cracks of federal government care. The charity is operate entirely by volunteers and supported by the business and surfing communities as effectively as local community groups like Rotary.

Sunshine Coastline Using for the Disabled is a volunteer-operate, not-for-earnings charity in North Arm.

It gives six equine-based remedy systems to users of the incapacity neighborhood on the Sunshine Coast and over the past 10 several years, far more than 972 persons with a disability have accessed its courses.

Activity and Recreation – Motiv8sports activities Sunshine Coast

Motiv8sporting activities Sunshine Coastline has assisted 1000’s of youthful young children actively engage in club sport. Their complete ethos is centered on participation, inclusion, resilience, potent anti-bullying messaging and, above all, offering the little ones the self esteem to ‘have a go’.

Because 2018, they have been instrumental in a selection of charity-centered fundraising initiatives and group events as perfectly as providing a leadership method, assisting Grade 7 little ones acquire lifetime competencies, self esteem and invaluable get the job done encounter.

Sustainability – Bamboo Assignments

Bamboo Initiatives is a psychological health and disability aid charity supporting environmental sustainability. They conduct waterways and land-dependent clean-ups, participating youth to deliver a link to their community and tradition.

All through their thoroughly clean-ups, environmental scientists/educators interact with the individuals and educate them sustainable techniques. Their ‘Back2Work’ software engages persons with disabilities to collect wheelie bins and 10c containers. Cash raised go back into factors these as mentoring, lifetime abilities, resume workshops and high-vis apparel.

Imaginative – Sunshine Coast Artwork Team

This volunteer team has been a innovative arts hub for the community neighborhood for extra than 50 years. The merged arts team has common periods in painting, daily life drawing, pottery and sewing. Members volunteer their time and share their competencies by operating lower-cost workshops and classes which are open up to the local community.

Sunshine Coast Artwork Team enables the neighborhood to participate and try out creative pursuits in a supportive, pleasant environment.

A complete listing of recipients is obtainable on council’s web-site https://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au

Council’s Sunshine Coastline Australia Day Awards are supported by 7 Information Sunshine Coast, Maroochy RSL, 92.7 Blend FM, Sunshine Coastline Everyday, TAFE QLD East Coast, Sunshine Coast Biosphere and My Weekly Preview.