City Announces 2020 Auspire Citizen of the Year Award Recipients

07 March 2020 8:00 PM

City of Kalamunda awarded two 2020 Auspire Citizen of the Year Awards in front of a large crowd at the Corymbia Multicultural Festival on Saturday 7 March.

While presenting the awards, Mayor Margaret Thomas said it was a great privilege to celebrate the outstanding community contributions of the two recipients, Valerie Allan, Community Citizen of the Year, and Sylvia Taunt, Senior Community Citizen of the Year.

“Both women have given their time tirelessly and selflessly for many years and I cannot thank them enough for their passion, energy and commitment,” Cr Thomas said.

Each year participating local governments across Western Australia present the Auspire Community Citizen of the Year Awards to local residents doing great things.

In late-2019, the City of Kalamunda invited peer nominations for individuals and groups that reside or work primarily within the City and whose actions and commitment have helped to develop and nurture the local community.

“Valerie has volunteered with the Kalamunda SES for the past seven years. She is a proud supporter and advocate for her brother who is on the Autism Spectrum and encourages him and his friends to assist with SES training to grow confidence and educate volunteers about autism-behaviours. Valerie has also completed 12-months with the Volunteer Fire and Rescue service,” Cr Thomas said.

“Sylvia has been a volunteer and committee member of the Swan Animal Haven for over 36 years. She seeks no recognition for her time and just wants to assist with the placement of a rescue dog in a happy, forever home. Sylvia engages with people who take in rescue dogs, spending time getting to know them so she can match the dog to best suit their lifestyle.”

“Congratulations to Valerie and Sylvia for your outstanding contributions to the local community.”

For more information, contact the City of Kalamunda on (08) 9257 9999 or email

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