A dedication to the South Burnett that has continued long past the end of his schooling years has seen Timothy De Caluwe win this year’s South Burnett Young Citizen Award.
This award seeks out young people between the ages of 20 and 30 who symbolise the rural spirit and who demonstrate sound knowledge and a strong commitment to the rural industries, backed up by involvement in and a passion for the agricultural show movement.
Tim, who is currently studying accounting, volunteers his talents to several community organisations such as the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival, the Taabinga Rotary Club, the South Burnett National Show Society and the Kingaroy Church of Christ.
He has served as secretary and in other leadership roles for a number of those organisations.
Timothy was also selected as the South Burnett National Show Society’s Rural Ambassador at the 2017 Kingaroy Show.
The other nominees were:
- Rachael Kapernick (Cloyna/Murgon) – Rachael completed her final high school year at Murgon in 2017, receiving awards for academic excellence, finishing as Senior Dux and receiving an award for Excellence in Maths and Science. Her academic, sporting and community commitments saw her participate in many sporting competitions such as the Hay We Deadly touch carnivals, and every year she has represented her school at Anzac Day parades. She has also been selected to attend camps, conferences and science and engineering challenges, and has been chose as a UQ Science ambassador. Rachael plans to study pharmacy and return to a rural area upon graduation.
- Lana Glenny (Nanango) – Lana will begins her final year at Nanango State High School in 2018. Lana is very active in sports playing volleyball and netball and was picked in the South Burnett Open Netball Team last year, as well as representing the region in volleyball. In 2016 she was awarded Cadet Sportswoman of the Year by the Nanango and District Netball Association for her outstanding contribution to the sport. She also volunteers her time as a representative coach, association coach and association umpire in between her player commitments and responsibilities, and continues to grow in her passion for netball. She is highly valued by her club for her dedication to being an all rounder and a member who contributes a practical pair of hands wherever club duties and tasks require them. Lana’s community contribution includes completing her Duke of Edinburgh Award, serving as a school Peer Skills leader and supporting the South Burnett’s Relay for Life fundraising efforts for the past three years.