Community champions honoured by Western Sydney University

Kerrie Womsley

Graduation Gallery (click on the image to view the gallery) Photos: Sally Tsoutas 

Western Sydney community leaders who are making a positive and lasting difference in the region will receive prestigious awards from Western Sydney University as part of the graduation ceremonies, being held Friday 7 April to Thursday 13 April at the Parramatta South campus.

During the April ceremonies the University's Board of Trustees will confer the title of Community Fellow on five distinguished individuals for their outstanding work in the fields of sport, health, policing, law and the social services and not-for-profit sector.

The title is given to those who have made a particular and sustained contribution to enhancing the social, economic, cultural, environmental or technological development of the Greater Western Sydney region.

The five Community Fellowship recipients for April are:

  • Ms Amna Karra-Hassan, President, Auburn Giants Australian Football Club, who will receive a Community Fellowship for her contribution to sport and the social and cultural development of the Western Sydney community.
  • Sergeant Danny Mikati, NSW Police Force, who will receive a Community Fellowship for his work in tackling the issues of domestic and family violence and for his contribution to the communities of Greater Western Sydney.
  • Mr Doug Taylor, Director Resilient Communities, Uniting, who will receive a Community Fellowship for his services to charity, and for his contribution to the social development of the Western Sydney community.
  • Ms Kerrie Womsley, Community Palliative Care Clinical Nurse Consultant, South Western Sydney Local Health District, who will receive a Community Fellowship for her contribution to healthcare and the social development of the Western Sydney community.
  • Mr Paul Rogers, former senior lecturer, School of Law Western Sydney University, who will receive a Community Fellowship for his contribution to the Western Sydney community through health, local government and academia.

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, says the University is pleased to recognise Western Sydney's community champions.

"Each of our Community Fellow recipients in their many and varied ways share a passion for helping others, and going above and beyond to significantly improve the health as well as the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of our local communities, and the region more broadly," says Professor Glover.

"On behalf of the University community, I congratulate each of our new Community Fellows. They join a growing group of distinguished individuals who are helping to bring about positive change and make Western Sydney a better place."

WHAT: April Graduation 2017
WHEN: Saturday 7 April to Thursday 13th April 2017
WHERE: Ian and Nancy Turbott Auditorium (Building EE), Parramatta South campus, corner Victoria Road and James Ruse Drive


7 April 2017

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