Young Citizen of the Year recipient 2014 Kathleen Woods
by Kathleen Woods for 5THE FM’s newsonline wattlerangenow
Thank you —–
‘First up I would like to thank the Wattle Range Council for giving me this award. This is such a huge honour for me and I never expected to have it happen. The day I received the news that I was to be awarded Young Citizen of the Year, when Mayor Peter Gandolfi first called the house phone I was in the bathroom, so dad picked up the phone. Dad then came and told me that I had 5 mins to get out because the Mayor was going to call back and give me a message, apparently. When I finally spoke to Mayor Gandolfi I was pleasantly surprised to be informed about the award. I would like to thank the person who nominated me for this award and the council members who chose me over the others nominated in this area.
This year past year has been one of the most rewarding and successful times of my life and I am grateful that I was able to experience them. With my involvement in Guides for the past eight years, I have been working in and around the community in many different ways. I feel that if I had never been involved with Guides I would not have developed the sense of community spirit that I have today. Through not only Guides but the many community bands and the Millicent high school band ‘Top Notes’ I feel that I have truly learnd the meaning of the word ‘teamwork’ and have applied it to all areas of my life. This past year has really given me the chance, with the help of mentor’s, teachers and family members, to use the skills that I have learned to help more people than I could ever imagine and that makes me so very happy to think that I have made somebody’s day better.
This award is more to me than just another trophy to put in the cabinet. To me it means that I am on the right track and if I continue with my life the way it’s going I will collect even bigger rewards. Now, that may not be money or an even bigger award but it could be something as simple and wonderful as good friends, because the greatest rewards aren’t always something that you can touch but are sometimes something that you feel.
Before I finish I would like to thank some very important people starting with my teachers and mentors that helped me through this year and previous years, my fellow Guides and Guide leaders, my friends who have supported me throughout this year and my family who have been my personal support crew and free taxi service, most of all loving me no matter what.
Provided by Kathleen Woods for 5THE FM
Editors note: – Kathleen also volunteers at 5THE FM