COMMUNITY RECOGNITION STATEMENT - Maitland Electorate Citizenship Awards

Ms JENNY AITCHISON (Maitland) (19:50:22): I congratulate Maitland Young Citizen of the Year Haley Johns and Citizen of the Year Wilma Lilley on receiving well-earned accolades for their continuing dedication to the Maitland community.

Wilma Lilley has volunteered with a range of groups, working with children, vulnerable people living with a disability, the terminally ill and the elderly. Ms Lilley is humbled by the award, but explained it is not the reason she does what she does. For her, volunteering is a healing process. She has volunteered with Lower Hunter Temporary Care and Lower Hunter Peer Support while also serving as a board member of Volunteers for Palliative Care. In addition to this, she is a foundation member of the Rutherford‑Telarah Lions Club.

Twenty-one-year old Haley Johns grew up in Gloucester and has been an ambassador for Regional Youth and an Agricultural Societies Council of NSW Next Generation delegate. Ms Johns was also chosen to participate in UNICEF Australia's New South Wales drought summit as well as currently serving as the ambassador for the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme. I met her at the regional zone finals of the Sydney showgirls last week in Tocal.

I congratulate both these women on representing the very best of Maitland spirit.