Citizens of Year urge all to look for way to help others

Citizen of the Year, Renee Alame.

A PSYCHOLOGIST who puts his professional skills to good use in a volunteer capacity through helping those from migrant backgrounds, Bulent Ada was thrilled after being named this year’s Local Citizen of the Year.

Citizen of the Year Bulent Ada (centre)

As well as operating his psychology practice, Mind Health, he is president of the Merrylands-based Australian Turkish Alawite Membership (ATAM) organisation and was the driving force behind the incredible fundraising and support programs created following last year’s devastating earthquake in Turkey.
ATAM – which was established 20 years ago in Australia – also provides services for children, the elderly and a range of cultural activities, including teaching the young about their heritage, as well as supporting the wider community.
Providing his private psychology services for free during the pandemic, Bulent said it was an amazing feeling to be named Local Citizen of the Year.
“It was so nice to get the recognition but it was certainly something that I would never seek,” he said.
“It’s a lovely reward and shows that everything is coming together with what we are providing for the community.”
Bulent said he always advised others that if they wanted to feel better about themselves, then to look to volunteering or helping the community in any way they could.
“I recommend to others to maintain strong principles and values, and let them guide you,” he said.
“It’s important to be there for each other and not just look after number one.”
Agreeing that you should take every opportunity to support your local community, ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ – Renee Alame – is a passionate tennis player who fills in coaching younger players whenever she can.
The 14-year-old who recently competed in the Australian Open Juniors, said:
“It’s good feeling knowing that you are giving back to your local community because when you help others, you also help yourself.”