Celebrating our 2023 Manningham Civic Awards winners

22 Sep 2023
Healthy Community
Mayor Deirdre Diamante and the 2023 Citizen of the Year Dennis Clarke

On Thursday 21 September we announced our 2023 Manningham Civic awardees who go above and beyond for our community through volunteer or paid work.

Our five category winners are:

Citizen of the Year – Dennis Clarke
Dennis is a pillar within our community through his work with Doncaster RSL as the Senior Vice President, Secretary of RAEME Vietnam Southern Chapter (previously Inaugural President), Anzac and Poppy Appeals, active participant of commitees such as VVAA Box Hill Committee, ALPGA, VACC, RACV and more.

Doreen Stoves Volunteer of the Year – Frank Johnston
Frank has been volunteering for Manningham organisations for over 30 years. He has dedicated his time and purpose to our community with organisations including, Manningham Uniting Church, LinC Manningham Inc., MannaCare nursing home, Outback Links, Blaze Aid and planting trees for the Tree Project. 

Sports Volunteer of the Year – Caroline Clarkson
Caroline has devoted her energy to the Committee of Doncaster Dolphins Masters Swimming club in various roles such as, club Registrar, Recorder, Secretary and President. 

Community Organisation of the Year – LinC Manningham Inc 
LinC Manningham Inc. is a community organisation made up of volunteers from various Christian churches within Manningham. It provides house cleaning, social support to new migrants and women affected by domestic violence, home cooked meals, decluttering homes, gardening, goods from Eastern Emergency Relief, or even the little things like taking clients out for a coffee or to do their shopping.

Young Volunteer of the Year – Shin Thant (Berry) Eain
Berry is committed to making a difference and is determined to bridge the gap between local and international students within her school and also wider community. She is an incredible role model to her peers and is an advocate for student voice.  

Highly Commended Community Organisation – Doncaster Junior Football Club
DJFL fosters the importance of sportsmanship, diversity, teamwork and pride in our local community and consistently works towards a community culture that enriches friendships and fosters joy in sport. 

A heartfelt thanks to the awardees who have dedicated so much of their time and efforts to improve our community.

More to come...