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Citizen of the Year awards

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A photograph of 2019 Young Citizen of the Year Sam Kane with 2019 Citizen of the Year Kevin Cail

2020 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year 

Nominations have now closed for the 2020 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year. The winners will be announced prior to Australia Day 2020. 

2019 Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year 

Congratulations to Citizen of the Year Kevin Cail and Young Citizen of the Year Sam Kane, the top citizens for 2019. 

About Kevin Cail 

Kevin is described as ‘Mr Kamarooka’. He is a long-time Kamarooka resident and caretaker and Vice President of the Kamarooka Recreation Reserve.

He is an exceptional volunteer who proudly continues a Cail family tradition of maintaining the recreation reserve, a role that has been passed from one generation to the next over many years.

Kevin is responsible for the maintenance, restoration and beautification of the reserve. Over the years his efforts have ensured it is suitable for many clubs and community events, including the former Northern United Football and Cricket Clubs, tennis matches, landcare groups, ladies events, sheep auctions, dog training and the all-important annual Kamarooka Picnic.

To raise money for the Kamarooka Community Club, Kevin regularly runs sausage sizzles at Bunnings and collects the money paid to park at the Elmore Field Days event. He was also involved with Drummartin Primary School, and mentors young people in the district and is a local historian.

About Sam Kane

Sam is 20-years-old and is respected in the Golden Square community for his dedication and interest in helping others.

He has been volunteering at the Golden Square Swimming Pool since he was 14, supporting fundraising efforts, working bees, and marketing and promotion.

Last year he became President of the pool committee and leads a passionate group of approximately 50 volunteers. He oversees the pool’s day-to-day operations and leads the other volunteers in fundraising, pool maintenance and running events.

Sam was a member of the Bendigo Youth Choir for 10 years and assists both the Choir and Golden Square Kindergarten with social media promotion.

Sam is studying a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, majoring in politics and journalism, and returns to Bendigo during university holidays to work as a journalist for the Bendigo Weekly.

He is described by those who nominated him as a diligent, dynamic and skilled leader.


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