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Living a Life of Service – Australia Day Awards 2019

Article - 12 March 2019

These students were recognised for their dedication and service to their communities.

Congratulations to Lesley Maxwell who was awarded Whyalla Citizen of the Year.

Lesley is living a life of service to her community, and this year, her community came together to celebrate her efforts. Described by Whyalla Mayor Clare McLaughlin as a ‘very deserving winner’, Lesley is dedicated to building relationships and improving her community.

Lesley journeys alongside people. Her approach is relational and driven by love to break down barriers faced by the marginalised people she supports. She conducts church services within the Nipapanha Indigenous community and runs the Yakarti Kid’s Club.

Lesley is a member of the HOPE Collective leadership group, which uses results-based accountability and change lab methodologies to create positive change on complex local issues. Through her work with the HOPE Collective, Lesley established a Community Garden, and involved 22 local high school students in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Lesley’s work to reinvigorate the award has provided the opportunity for these students to engage with their community in a way that also furthers their education.

Lesley embodies the values of a Tabor student and we celebrate the recognition of her dedication to her community.

Congratulations Lesley!

**Photograph courtesy of the City of West Torrens and photographer John Kruger.

Congratulations to Elliot Keane who was awarded City West Torrens Citizen of the Year.