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Albury recognises leading citizens

Friday 19 January 2024

Podiatrist and Albury SES leader Simon Lloyd has been named Albury’s Citizen of the Year at tonight’s Albury Awards ceremony, with tireless homelessness prevention advocate Di Glover winning the prestigious new Mayor’s Award.

Mr Lloyd, who is also the Deputy Unit Commander for the Albury branch of the State Emergency Service, has been recognised for his exceptional contributions as a healthcare professional, community leader and dedicated volunteer.

Mrs Glover has been acknowledged for her leading role in social justice as CEO of the homelessness agency YES Unlimited, as well as her work supporting at-risk youth in the community.

Albury Mayor, Kylie King, said both Mr Lloyd and Mrs Glover were exceptional nominees in a strong field of community-minded citizens.

“Albury is incredibly lucky to have people like Simon and Di, who give their time to causes bigger than themselves, who live to help others without a second thought,” she said.

“I can’t thank them enough for their massive contributions to our community.”

The pair join six other Albury citizens and organsations celebrated for their community contributions across a range of fields, including four new categories:

  • Les Schmutter (Senior citizen of the Year - new) for his leadership of Friends of Nolan House and long-standing membership of Carevan Albury-Wodonga.
  • Isaac Kunde (Junior Citizen of the Year) who joined St John Ambulance at age 7 and has since dedicated over 100 hours of voluntary service.
  • Buddy Oldman (Active Citizen of the Year - new), a proud Wiradjuri man who excels in masters boxing and is a strong advocate for improving mental health awareness.
  • Sreejith Balakrishnan Nair (Environmental Citizen of the Year - new), who has prioritised environmental responsibility in every aspect of his life, from his selection of clothing to pioneering a paperless clinic at his business, Essence Audiology.
  • David Todd (Creative Citizen of the Year - new), a visionary icon in the local theatrical community and the creative force behind a catalogue of stunning local productions.
  • Carevan Foundation (Volunteer or Community Group of the Year), which has become an institution in the community over 14 years of community programs addressing issues such as poverty, homelessness and health care for the disadvantaged.

“I commend and thank all the nominees and award winners for their dedication to making our city, community and our world, a better place,” she said.

“It’s a privilege to be able to recognise and thank these outstanding citizens for what they continue to achieve and by doing so hopefully inspire others to scale similar heights of dedication and commitment.”

The Albury Awards also mark the start of community consultation by AlburyCity to gauge community sentiment about the future of Australia Day activities in the city, with residents able to submit feedback via a range of channels, including an online Have your Say page closing 31 March 2024.