Shellharbour Citizen of the Year Dorothy Dean and Young Citizen of the Year Jason Carrasco. Picture: SYLVIA LIBEREx-ServicewomanDorothy Dean’s tireless volunteer work to help civilians and veterans alike has seen her named Shellharbour citizen of the year for 2015.
Mrs Dean migrated to Australia from Northern Ireland in 1960 and joined the Royal Australian Air Force at just 21.
That’s where she met her husband Bill and after the couple’s retirement they moved from Sydney to Albion Park to enjoy a quieter lifestyle.
They’re both active in the community, and it was Mrs Dean’s voluntary work within the Albion Park RSL sub-branch and women’s auxiliary as well as meals on wheels that was recognised this Australia Day.
In her citation for the award, Shellharbour City Council general manager Michael Willis said Ms Dean provided ‘‘unique inspiration combining old school values with new world solutions.’’
For Ms Dean it was a ‘‘big thrill’’ to receive the award for something she loved to do.
‘‘I volunteer because I was in the Air Force and my husband was in the airforce and there’s a camaraderie in the services,’’ she said.
Citizen of the Year Dorothy Dean and Young Citizen of the Year Jason Carrasco. Picture: SYLVIA LIBER
‘‘…When I was working I always felt I’d like to do something with the elderly, I felt they had paid the price. That’s why I’m part of the RSL club.’’
Shellharbour’s young citizen of the year Jason Carrasco was also honoured to be recognised for his efforts in helping to raise awareness of, and funds for research into, brain cancer.
He dedicated his award to his close friend, Kanahooka teenager Cass Nascimento, who sadly lost her battle with brain cancer in November 2013.
Mr Carrasco helped organise You Can Walk for Cass in Wollongong on the 12-month anniversary of her death, which raised more than $70,000 for research.
He said Cass had helped him through his own cancer journey, and he now wanted to do the same for other young people.
‘‘(Cass) was selfless and very beautiful – she donated her time to helps other young patients undergoing cancer treatment, like myself,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s through research and funding that I am standing here today, so I will continue to work to support young cancer sufferers.’’
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