FORMER magistrate Malcom MacPherson has been announced as Tamworth’s 2017 Citizen of the Year during today’s Australia Day Ceremony at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC).
Mr MacPherson was nominated for his commitment in assisting troubled youth, beginning while he was working as a Magistrate in NSW Courts where he recognised the need for alternative solutions for convicted youths other than jail, to provide youth with hope and skills for the future.
Since his retirement in 2012, Mr MacPherson’s drive to help youth only grew, volunteering his time for Youth InSearch, Rotary Club of Tamworth West, Billabong Club House, Rural Fire Service Tamworth, Crime Prevention Committee of Tamworth Regional Council, and other initiatives including Midnight Basketball and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Ashleigh Bridge was awarded Young Citizen of the Year for her significant contribution to her school’s leadership programs where she has been a member of the Student Representative Council and more recently held the role of Vice-Captain.
Ashleigh has volunteered her time for numerous causes and organisations including ANZAC Day Marches, White Ribbon events, Legacy and the National Young Leaders Day.
The Mitchell Brady Encouragement Award recipient for 2017 is Jack Pike of Tamworth.
Jack is described as an “upstanding student” and was nominated for his commitment to various programs including White Ribbon and Tamworth PCYC.
He is described as “extremely accepting and encouraging of all his peers” and as being a “highly valued and respected student within Tamworth High and the community.”