The winners of the 2019 Brimbank Australia Day Awards were announced at the Brimbank Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony and Community Breakfast on Saturday 26 January at the Kevin Wheelahan Gardens in Sunshine.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Lucinda Congreve presented the Brimbank Australia Day Awards as part of the Australia Day celebrations.
Citizen of the Year: Senada Bosnic Ekic
This award is presented to a member of the community who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year/or has given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
Arriving in Australia as a refugee in 1999 with her husband and three little children in tow, Senada hit the ground running and quickly established her family locally in Brimbank.
Within six months, Senada went to school to learn English and had a job!
In the following years Senada continued her studies and gained qualifications in Community Wellbeing and Community Development. She has also completed the Brimbank Community Leadership Program.
For over 15 years, Senada’s volunteering activities have mainly centred around the Bosnia and Herzegovina communities, and linking them to the broader Brimbank community - whether it be in her role as President of Kud Dukat Bosnian folklore group, or as a presenter at 3ZZZ Radio.
Senada established 'reach out link’, a small private business as a community support worker. She also volunteers at the St Albans Community Centre where people come and ask for advice and help with filling in forms and other needs.
Young Citizen of the Year: Hue Man Dang
This award is presented to a young person who has made a noteworthy contribution during the current year and/or has given outstanding service to the local community over a number of years.
Hue Man has made an outstanding contribution to the local community as an influential leader and positive role model.
Her goal is to make an exceptional positive impact on the lives of young Australians, especially those experiencing disadvantage; whether it be financial, discriminatory or lacking opportunities.
Hue Man’s work includes the creation of work-ready resources as well as study resources which are free to access.
Hue Man was a Joan Kirner Young and Emerging Women Leaders Program Participant; recipient of the University of Melbourne Peer Student Network’s Outstanding Individual Leadership Award; Hobsons Bay Community Grant Fund Recipient in; Layne Beachley Foundation ‘Aim for the Stars’ Scholarship Recipient; YMCA Youth Parliament Best Speaker Award; and Western Chances Scholarship Recipient.