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30/01 - Aust Day - Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Citizen of the Year Eilish Blakely-Kidd.

Eilish Blakely-Kidd was awarded the 2014 Citizen of the Year. Mrs Blakely-Kidd is an outstanding member of the community, having been involved in numerous community organisations. She has been the President of the Braidwood Region Seniors Association Inc since its inception in 2009. Last year she led the Association in meeting with Palerang Councillors and staff about the need for an additional pedestrian zebra crossing in Wallace Street. She lobbied the local Member of Parliament and the Roads and Maritime Services and helped raised community awareness of the need for the crossing. As a result of those efforts, the crossing will be constructed before the end of June this year. Our winner helps organise the monthly "Spinning Your Yarn Workshops" for seniors where people tell a unique story and share in morning tea and lunch. She is a member of the Braidwood Life Centre which offers emergency assistance and pastoral care programs for those in need. Our winner is currently president of the Braidwood Folk Music Club which, apart from its monthly meetings with regular guest artists, also organises the Majors Creek Folk Festival. Last year she willingly responded to the many calls for support from various organisations by selling raffle tickets or providing refreshments. In previous years, she has been active in the Braidwood Regional Tourism Association, the Canberra Regional Tourism Board and the Braidwood Chamber of Commerce. Our winner is known for her enthusiasm, persistence and compassion, and above all, her positive approach to life and people.

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