Recognised for her tireless work advocating for the needs of people with disability and their carers Cumberland Council’s 2018 Citizen of The Year Lucy Doherty with partner Chris and their children Sophie, 16, and Alex, 10.
NAMED as Cumberland Council's 2018 Citizen of the Year at Australia Day celebrations on Friday, Lidcombe mum and carer Lucy Doherty admitted her first reaction was surprise.
Receiving the news just before leaving going on holiday, she wasn't able to attend the ceremony but thanked her partner Chris and their children Sophie, 16, and Alex, 10, for their support.
"Without them I wouldn't have this award," she said.
"I know it is a bit of cliche but I really do feel immensely proud and humbled. There are so many worthy people in Cumberland and I am just grateful to be acknowledged."
Inspired by Alex who is on the Autism spectrum, Mrs Doherty has been a passionate advocate for a fair go in Cumberland and successfully led efforts to help children with a disability participate in out of school activities.
"I hope it will raise the profile of inclusion and challenge people to question their own assumptions," she said.
"People with disabilities have the right to be included in every sport, in every club, in every school, in every activity, and every venue should welcome and genuinely include everyone."
The 2018 Young Citizen of the Year went to Maddison King with a highly commended award to Michael Giglio. Paul Fogarty was named Sportsperson of the Year and Carissa Uno named Young Sportsperson of the Year, with Rachel Wood receiving a highly commended award.
The White Ribbon Day Breakfast organised by the Parramatta Cumberland Family and Domestic Violence Prevention Committee, was named Community Event of the Year.
Mayor Greg Cummings congratulated all the winners, saying the judging panel had been faced with a difficult job.
"The diversity of entrants is a reflection of our wondrously diverse community. Taken together they offer a thrilling portrait of who we are as Cumberland," he said.