The 2018 Redland Citizen of the Year is Dan Holzapfel.
Dan and the “The real heroes” of the Redlands have been celebrated tonight (Tuesday 23 January 2018) at the annual Redland City Australia Day Awards at the Alexandra Hills Hotel Function Centre.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams says the awards were a fitting way of thanking those in the community who continually went “above and beyond” to make the city a better place.
Cr Williams said 2018 Redland Citizen of the Year Dan Holzapfel has been a tireless community worker and generous contributor to the City for many decades.
“A real humanitarian, his philanthropic spirit and support have helped make a difference not only to the Redlands but elsewhere in the world through his support of the Rotary International program for the eradication of polio. Few Queenslanders have been able to match the scope of Dan’s generosity, yet for much of his life he has been content to work and contribute behind the scenes.’’
Lauren Folster has been named Young Citizen of the Year for her devotion to the Redlands through the State Emergency Service and RSL Sub-branch.
Senior Citizen of the Year is Caroline Brough has been a tireless worker for those in need.
Sycamore School founder Cindy Corrie won the Local Hero Award.
Kenneth Munro has the special honour of receiving our first Australia Day Reconciliation Award for his work in indigenous communities.
Melissa Anderson earned the Cultural Award for her significant achievements in producing and promoting outstanding creative work in the Redlands.
Patricia “Ricky” Johns, who has been caring for possums and gliders for more than 35 years in Redland City, won the Environment and Sustainability Award.
The Sports Award goes to Queensland Firebird Jemma Mi Mi, who has helped put Redland City in the national spotlight through her involvement in elite sport.
MyHorizon, an integral part of the Redlands community since its inception in 1981 and which today serves more than 2000 disabled clients, received the Community Organisation Award.
Winners at a glance:
• Citizen of the Year – Dan Holzapfel
• Young Citizen of the Year – Lauren Folster
• Senior Citizen of the Year – Caroline Brough
• Local Hero Award – Cindy Corrie
• Community Organisation Award – Myhorizon
• Cultural Award – Melissa Anderson
• Environment and Sustainability Award – Patricia Johns
• Sports Award – Jemma Mi Mi (honourable mention Janelle Kronk)
• Reconciliation – Kenneth Munro