Field of five for Citizen of the Year

Kathryn Yarnold TWO women and three men are on tenterhooks until Monday evening – waiting to hear which of them has been selected as Kempsey Shire’s Citizen of the Year when the awards are announced at the ceremony in the Slim Dusty Centre.

Here are the five – ladies first.

For her diligent work over the past 15 years to help make the Slim Dusty Centre a reality, Kathryn Yarnold is on the shortlist. Ms Yarnold is cited as having made an invaluable contribution to the cultural and artistic landscape of Kempsey and the Macleay.

As chief executive officer and business development manager for the project, she has helped achieve Slim Dusty’s dream of giving something significant back to his community, and made the Slim Dusty Centre a significant cultural landmark.

A rural reporter for the media organisation News Limited, Samantha Towns-end, has worked tirelessly as an advocate for help and support for country people in times of crisis.

Phillip Lee

In recent years, Ms Towns-end has spearheaded campaigns as diverse as organising deliveries of fodder and water to drought-affected areas of NSW, to raising funds for the domestic violence shelter in Kempsey and Crescent Head’s kindergarten and pre-school.

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Richard Thacker, more than $15,000 has been donated to local charities since 2009.

As well as leading a Cancer Council Relay for Life team every year, Richard has hosted various charity days for deserving causes, including four golf days to raise funds for The Prostate Cancer Foundation, two for Kempsey District Hospital’s maternity ward, a bowls day benefitting Legacy, and others for the Kempsey Men’s and Ladies Shed.

Mark Morrison

As president of the Macleay River Historical Society and Kempsey Museum, Philip Lee has negotiated and managed funding to enable the museum to expand and better house its local heritage and history collections.

He has also embraced the digital age, introducing online technology to artefacts on display in the museum – so enhancing its engagement with younger visitors.

The principal of the Macleay Vocational College, Mark Morrison, is tireless in his support for his students.

Described as “a sincere, amazing and caring man,” Mr Morrison is always available to his students when they are in need of help, advice and support. He is credited with going above and beyond his role in helping his students achieve their goals.

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