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Posted on: 26 January, 2018

Oz Day Gongs for a Community Veteran and Aspiring Young Leader

Community advocate and long-time volunteer Valerie Smith was today announced Singleton’s Citizen of the Year at the annual Australia Day Ceremony at the Singleton Civic Centre.


For over 30 years, Val Smith has donated her time and skills within community organisations and charities and has held many positions on valuable committees.


Val is currently the treasurer of The Northern Agricultural Association Ladies Committee, Uniting Care- Elizabeth Gate Auxiliary, The Hospital Auxiliary and the Singleton Probus Club, together with being a member of the Embroiders Guild, Croquet Club and All Saints Anglican Church.


“Val has been identified for her outstanding charity work, having dedicated her time and skills to the Singleton community for more than 3 decades,” Mayor Sue Moore said.


“It’s fantastic to be able to recognise her hard work. Val is a most-worthy Citizen of the Year."

18-year-old Taylor Griggins was named Young Achiever of the Year for 2018.


Passionate about youth issues and gender equality, the former Singleton High School captain was praised for her capacity to lead by example with passion and integrity.


“Taylor has demonstrated an exceptional level of passion for issues faced by young people and was a driving force behind community fundraising at school,” Mayor Sue Moore said.


“Taylor also represented her school community at leadership academies, Women’s Day events and excelled both academically and in the sporting arena.”

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