Awards recognise community spirit

AUSTRALIA Day awards have recognised the contribution Sorell locals have made to the community.

The recipients for 2022 were: Citizen of the Year – Diane Cusick. Young Citizen of the Year – Daniel Smith.

Community Group of the Year – Sorell Men’s Shed. Community Event of the Year – Sorell Community Christmas Carols (South East Tasmania Salvos).

Diane Cusick started her working career at the Sorell School farm, she then became a teacher and taught at the school for many decades.

She strongly supported the establishment of the Pioneer Village and also contributed to the Big Picture Program and the Sorell Trade Training Centre.

Ms Cusick has contributed so much to Sorell School and the wider programs and is widely acknowledged in the community for her work with the school and still contributes in her retirement.

Daniel Smith is the president of Sorell Cricket Club and has been a dedicated committee member for the past five years Mr Smith has been instrumental in coordinating and facilitating junior cricket programs ranging from Stage 1 and 2, Junior and Master Blast, to under 13 boys teams.

He has worked closely with Richmond and St Aiden’s Cricket Clubs to merge the three junior groups to create a large junior base at Sorell.

Last year he was awarded Cricket Tasmania’s Young Leader of the Year.

He then progressed to Cricket Australia’s Young Leader of the Year in their Community Cricket Awards, which again he was successful in winning.

They are working hard to build new premises to continue their good community work.

They play an important role in men’s health issues throughout the South East region by giving members a welcoming place to socialise, exchange skills and train others in different trades such as metal and wood work and the restoration of old and historic machinery.

They also work with the Sorell School in assisting young people to learn age-old trade skills, many of which are being lost.

Sorell Men’s Shed has a growing membership of about 70 from all areas of the Sorell municipality.

In 2021 the South East Tasmania Salvos organised the Community Christmas Carols which provided fun and festive way of gathering to celebrate Christmas in a way which reflected and was respectful of the diverse views of Christmas held by the Sorell community.

Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent said it was disappointing for all involved to not be able to hold the Australia Day event due to Covid.

“While cancelling the event was a difficult decision, the safety and wellbeing of our community and staff was priority.”
“It was wonderful that we were able to organise and hold personalised presentations in the courtyard at the Council Chambers,” Mr Vincent said.
“Recognising these special individuals and groups is extremely important. The strength, vibrancy and diversity of our community is in part, due to their contribution.

“Thank you and well done to those generous individuals who give so much of their time and energy to our community.”
“The Australia Day Awards provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reflect on your contributions, pay our respects and celebrate you.”

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