Western Australian Citizen of The Year Award

The Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards were first presented in 1973 by the Western Australia Week Council, later renamed Celebrate WA, to provide the community with an opportunity to honour the achievements and contribution of their fellow citizens.

Each year, the State's most prestigious Awards acknowledge remarkable individuals and organisations that motivate and inspire others through their vision, leadership, talent, humility and spirit of community service.

Talented and dedicated recipients of all the awards are positive role models and exemplary Western Australians who have worked tirelessly for the community in which they live. Through their achievements they have reached their goals, inspired others and promoted pride and confidence in Western Australia.

Western Australian Citizen of the Year Awards are presented annually in the following categories:

  • Arts, Culture and Entertainment
  • Community Service
  • Industry & Commerce
  • Indigenous Leadership Award
  • Gold Swan
  • Governor's Award for Regional Development
  • Professions
  • Sport
  • Youth Arts
  • Youth
  • Burswood Youth Scholarship (previous to 2011 known as Bendat Family Foundation Perpetual Youth Scholarship)
  • Wesfarmers Indigenous Youth Scholarship
  • Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award
  • Children and Young People Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Sir Charles Court Inspiring Leadership Award

Award recipients may choose to use the post-nominal CitWA after their name.

Past recipients include: Author Tim Winton, St John Ambulance, Sir Charles Court, burns specialist Dr. Fiona Wood, The Health Department of W.A, ericaamerica designer Lucas Bowers, sporting legend Wally Foreman and classical guitarist Mili Davies.

Famous quotes containing the words award, year, western, australian and/or citizen:

    The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.
    Robert Graves (1895–1985)

    Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
    When the last fires will wave to me
    William Stanley Merwin (b. 1927)

    It is so manifestly incompatible with those precautions for our peace and safety, which all the great powers habitually observe and enforce in matters affecting them, that a shorter water way between our eastern and western seaboards should be dominated by any European government, that we may confidently expect that such a purpose will not be entertained by any friendly power.
    Benjamin Harrison (1833–1901)

    The Australian mind, I can state with authority, is easily boggled.
    Charles Osborne (b. 1927)

    It is not the function of our Government to keep the citizen from falling into error; it is the function of the citizen to keep the Government from falling into error.
    Robert H. [Houghwout] Jackson (1892–1954)