City announces Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year
The City of Greater Bendigo 2018 Citizen of the Year is Andrew Reid and the Young Citizen of the Year is Jontee Brown.
Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke congratulated the pair and wished them well.
“These awards represent what it truly means to be a great community member and are the highest honour the City places on two worthy recipients each year,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“The City is pleased to acknowledge Andrew and Jontee. They demonstrate the values of hard work and giving back, and serve as fantastic role models for people of all ages to look up to.
“Andrew is a proud member of the Eaglehawk community and is an active member of the Eaglehawk Development Group. In this role he works closely with Empowering Eaglehawk, the Eaglehawk YMCA and the Eaglehawk Y Men’s Club. He is also a committee member with the Eaglehawk Football Netball Club and is passionate about men’s health and improving mental health through sport.
“Jontee is a member of the Victorian wheelchair basketball team and recently represented Australia. He has reactive arthritis that has caused ankylosing spondylitis in his lower spine, which means he manages his disease with the use of crutches and a wheelchair for longer trips.
“He coaches junior basketball and football, and shares his message of inspiration during his many visits to schools. He is a great example that you can do anything in life.
“Congratulations to both Andrew and Jontee on your outstanding contribution to our community and best wishes for the next 12 months as you serve as ambassadors for Greater Bendigo.”
About Andrew Reid
Andrew has been an active volunteer in the Eaglehawk community for 20 years. He is a member of the Eaglehawk Development Group, which has seen him support a number of key community organisations including Empowering Eaglehawk, the Eaglehawk YMCA and the Eaglehawk Y Men’s Club. He also volunteers with the California Gully Primary School Breakfast Club, which ensures students start the day with a healthy meal and get an understanding of the values of healthy eating.
Andrew has facilitated a number of programs that focus on improving men’s health and using sport to produce good mental health outcomes.
As a committee member of the Eaglehawk Football Netball Club, Andrew was instrumental in seeing the new clubrooms developed into a community asset that was available for all to use.
About Jontee Brown
Jontee is 20 years old and has served as an inspiration to many following an accident three years ago when on an overseas school excursion.
He was diagnosed with reactive arthritis in his left knee that was caused by a cut, which then became infected. An effect of the reactive arthritis has caused ankylosing spondylitis in his lower spine, which means he manages his disease with the use of crutches and a wheelchair for longer trips.
In May 2016 he took up wheelchair basketball and is the captain of the Victorian representative team. He recently represented Australia at a world competition in Toronto Canada where his Under 23 side won bronze.
Last year he won the Michelson Bendigo Sports Star award. He is also a student at La Trobe University, which recently honoured Jontee for his efforts on the basketball court.
Jontee coaches junior basketball and football teams and travels to schools delivering messages of hope and inspiration, proving you can do anything in life even when things don’t go to plan.
He is currently studying to become a teacher.