GALLERY: The Hills Citizen of the Year announced

THE new Hills Citizens of the Year is Cub Scout Leader Jennie Page.

The Winston Hills mum of three was one of seven The Hills residents recognised tonight by The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne at a ceremony held in the new council building in Norwest Business Park — the first to be held there.

"The thing that ties all of these people together is that they are volunteers," Cr Byrne said.

"They don't look for recognition, yet they work away. They don't look for applause either."

Ms Page joined Scouts Australia 19 years ago and St John Ambulance Australia 12 years ago.

Today she is a certificated leader with the Scouts and Superintendent - Hills Division at St John.

"For 18 years, Jennie has organised for the Cub Scouts to deliver Easter eggs to The Hills Private Hospital and the Willow Retirement Village," Cr Byrne said.

"She assisted at the Deniliquin flood evacuation centre in 2011... organised the opening and closing ceremony of the Hills Relay for Life for many years, and attends both as a relay volunteer and as a first aid provider for St John Ambulance.

"Jennie embodies all the qualities that we value in our citizens, and we thank her for being an important member of The Hills shire community."

Also acknowledged tonight were:

■ Young Citizen of The Year Award: Kasuni Fernando;

■ Senior Citizen of the Year Award: Mike Blair;

■ Citizen of the Year Award: Jennie Page;

■ Community Project of the Year Award: Access2Art;

■ Australia Day Hero Award: Shirley Holden, Olga Zavaglia, Dr Reza Ali.

Pick up next week's Hills News  to read their stories.

Click here to read about tonight's citizenship ceremony, also held at the council.

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