The 2020 Glenorchy Citizen and Young Citizen recipients were announced at a special event at Glenorchy City Council on 24 January.
Linda Kemp and David Emmett were joint recipients of the Citizen of the Year, with Naarah Barnes the Young Citizen of the Year.
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said that all 3 recipients worked tirelessly in the community and were fantastic role models.
“We are thrilled to have Linda, David and Naarah as our Citizens and Young Citizen of the Year for 2020,” she said.
“They all bring so much to the Glenorchy community and the greater Hobart area and we know that they will be fantastic representatives over the coming year.”
Ms Kemp has been a team member at the Bucaan Community House for over 25 years and contributes to the House and the community in a voluntary capacity in addition to her work hours.
“Linda has contributed thousands of volunteer hours over the years and is someone that people turn to for assistance and advice,” Mayor Johnston said.
“Young people in particular have benefited from Linda’s ongoing support, and she has operated an unfunded youth group for over 20 years. The relationships that Linda has formed with young people has supported many a young person to reach their full potential.”
Mr Emmett has been volunteering for the Y for three years at the YMCA Glenorchy facility and is passionate about sport and recreation.
Mayor Johnston said Mr Emmett has a knack for bringing people together and creating connections with members and visitors.
“There is no job too big or too small for David – he helps out wherever he is needed. Although he works across all age groups he spends many hours with the YMCA seniors programs and always has time to talk to them and work with staff members to make them feel happy, safe and connected.”
Ms Barnes studies at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music and has been a lead player in many local theatre productions and is a lead singer in vocal ensembles around Hobart.
She is passionate about brining music to disadvantaged students and has worked to develop choirs and bring music into schools.
“Naarah is exceptionally talented and we have been very proud to have her as a part of the Glenorchy Carols – A Not So Silent Night,” Mayor Johnston said.
“As well being a great performer in her own right she is a great teacher and supporter of the arts. As an indigenous young woman, she is an absolute role model and provides great inspiration to other young women around her.”
Mayor Johnston also paid tribute to all the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year nominees.
“The City of Glenorchy is very fortunate to have so many so many hard-working individuals and groups who do so much for others,” she said.
“We would like to thank all the nominees as well as their nominators and congratulate them all on their many achievements.”
As well as the Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year announcements, Glenorchy Council also welcomed nearly 130 new Australian citizens at a citizenship ceremony on Australia Day.
“The City of Glenorchy is the most culturally diverse city in the state and it was great to see so many new citizens at the ceremony,” Mayor Johnston said.
“It was a very joyful ceremony and a great opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity and share the stories and heritages of so many different backgrounds.”
The citizenship ceremony featured music from the Glenorchy City Concert Brass and a speech from Australia Day Ambassador Dr Christina Henri, whose passion for the female convict story has connected communities throughout Australia and across the globe.