Colleen Boucher was named the Citizen of the Year for 2024 at the Australia Day award ceremony on Friday at the Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to a resident who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in a voluntary capacity while being a role model to others and demonstrating vision and leadership.
Collen has gone above and beyond to help others over the past year.
“Colleen is a very community minded person who generously donates her time and skills to many organizations in Cobar,” her nomination read.
She is currently the secretary of Cobar CWA, treasurer of the RSL Sub Branch and Brennan Centre committees, the leader of the Cobar Cadets and she also supports Legacy’s work in Cobar.
Braiden Jones has taken out the Young Citizen of the Year award.
The Young Citizen award recognizes an individual aged 25 or under who has made an outstanding contribution to the community in a voluntary capacity and is a role model to others.
A second year apprentice at CSA Mine, in his spare time Braiden mentors at a local church youth group and is a coach and trainer for the Cobar Junior Soccer Club.
He also helps out with other sporting activities including soccer and basketball at the Youth Centre.
This year Stephen Dutton collected the Bossie Mitchell Service to the Community award, an award that recognises someone who makes an outstanding contribution to the community on a voluntary basis and provides service and commitment in undertaking activities which benefit and provide a positive impact within the Cobar Shire.
Stephen is a volunteer on the Cobar Health Council and is Cobar’s representative on the Dubbo Health Council.
He is also the vice president of the Brennan Centre committee, the secretary of the RSL Sub Branch Cobar committee and also serves on the Cobar Weekly Association committee.