Sister Jeanne Dwyer, the volunteer co-ordinator of Joseph’s Corner, has been named Maribyrnong’s Citizen of the Year.

Joseph’s Corner provides psychological counselling and support for family members of people with drug and alcohol addictions. Sister Dwyer took the top honour in Maribyrnong council’s annual civic awards on Friday during a ceremony at Footscray Town Hall in which 40 of Australia’s newest citizens were officially welcomed.

Marg Lind was named Volunteer of the Year, Rosamond Special School won the Community Strengthening Award and Westgate Basketball Association took out the Active Maribyrnong Sporting Award.

West Footscray Traders Association was recognised with the Contribution to Business Community Award, Small Graces collected the New and Emerging Business Award and Western Health Collective won the Innovative Business Award.

The Arts Award went to wit incorporated and the Mayoral Award to Manmohan Singh Shergill.

Guests at the Australia Day ceremony were then invited to get up close and personal with some of the country’s favourite critters.


Jeanne Dwyer receives her award from mayor Cuc Lam. Photo by Nico Photography