Congratulations to our 2019 Australia Day Award winners
29 January 2019
Australia Day Award winners
Citizen of the Year Wicki Vikramasingham
Wicki Vikramasingham has been heavily involved in community life since arriving in Australia 29 years ago. He has been a support for refugees and founded the Tamil Cultural Association, the Victorian Tamil Cultural School and also the Community Volunteer Broadcasting Service. He has also been a board member of the Southern Migrant and Refugee Resource Centre since 1993. Wicki’s commitment and dedication to supporting local community members is widely known and respected.
Young Leader of the Year Prachi Rane
Prachi Rane says she is “passionate about helping others” and has made it her personal mission to assist others in the community based on her own settlement experience. Prachi was nominated for her volunteer work with many organisations, including World Wildlife Fund, Mission Australia and Frankston City Council. Prachi was involved in Council’s 2018 Young Leaders program and led the Elevate Youth project. Prachi also uses her platform to promote the benefits of volunteering to her peers.
Volunteer of the Year (Joint winner) Susan Anderson
Susan Anderson has been mentoring young drivers through the L2P program since 2014. Despite working full time, Susan spends her spare time helping prepare young people from disadvantage backgrounds to obtain a drivers licence.
Volunteer of the Year (Joint winner) Weda Mohseni
Weda Mohseni is an active member of the community and has been involved in multiple projects run by community organisations. She is an inspirational leader in the Afghani community encouraging women and girls to further their education and consider volunteer work. Weda leads by example and has a passion to help the community.
Leadership Award Kim Culpin
Kim Culpin was dedicated to servicing the community for many years in her first job as a Senior Detective with Victoria Police. Following a career change Kim is a passionate and dedicated community leader who has been working tirelessly for the past 15 years to end homelessness in Greater Dandenong through her job as General Manager at WAYSS. She is inspirational and motivational as a leader and has made a difference to many lives.
Multicultural Award Richard Lim OAM
Richard Lim OAM came to Australia in 1980 after escaping the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia. Since arriving in Australia Richard has worked hard to achieve an education and has grown a successful pharmacy business which supports graduating students to gain experience. Richard is known for his generosity and support among many cultural groups and charities across Melbourne.
Sportsperson of the Year Jessica McCulloch
Jessica McCulloch is a young Special Olympic Basketball Athlete. Jessica has represented Victoria at the Special Olympics National Games in 2014 and 2018, winning silver and gold respectively. Jessica also played for Australia in the 2015 Special Olympic World Games where she won gold. Jessica is committed to her sport and demonstrates leadership through the support and encouragement of her fellow athletes. Jessica now acts as the State Basketball Coordinator for the Special Olympics and is a role model for other athletes.
Corporate Citizen of the Year Award Todd Hartley
Todd Hartley from Hilton Manufacturing is recognised for his corporate and community contributions. Todd has been an active member of the Greater Dandenong business community for many years, employing more than 200 people through Hilton Manufacturing. Todd is also involved with many activities, programs and events that support some of the most vulnerable members of the community. Todd has continued the Hartley family tradition of helping others, and under his leadership and generosity this spirit has expanded deeper and broader into the community.
Sports Hall of Fame Craig Ortland
Craig Ortland has been involved with the Noble Park Cricket Club for 40 years. As well as playing with the club he has held many positions, including that of president for the past 20 years. Craig has been an enthusiastic promoter of junior cricket and has increased participation in the sport. Craig has also been active in running, supporting and participating in community and Council events, including the Club Noble Christmas Party, a charitable event that gives local children and families a special community day, and the AFL Footy Fun Day.
Sports Hall of Fame Ludmila Karganova
Ludmila Karganova has been a volunteer with Council since 2006. She is currently a Council Ambassador welcoming and assisting community members attending some of our events including Australia Day, Little Day Out, Autumn Festival and Springvale Snow Fest. Ludmila also conducts satisfaction surveys that are important in the future planning of our community events.