Justene Gordon, 2016 Warringah Council Citizen of the Year


We are very proud to share with you the news that our Executive Officer Justene Gordon has been honoured with the 2016 Warringah Council Citizen of the Year award! This is well-deserved recognition of her hard work and commitment to The Burdekin Association, for which we are all very grateful!

Justene became a member of the Burdekin Committee during 2008 and was appointed Chairperson in 2013. In 2016 she resigned from the Committee to take up the role as Executive Officer. She has worked tirelessly to ensure our continued existence and growth.

You can check out all the photos from the day on our Facebook page.

From Warringah Facebook page 26th January

"The weather was on our side at our first beachside Citizenship Ceremony where we welcomed 25 new Aussies! We also recognised the outstanding community contribution during the Warringah Australia Day Citizens of the Year awards, congratulations:

– Justene Gordon – Citizen of the Year
– Christopher Syme – Young Citizen of the Year

With recognition of Outstanding Community Service awards to:
– Anne Jenkins
– Rosemary MacDonald
– Tye Bate
– Zach Jobson

The Community Event of the Year was awarded to ‘100 Years 100 Boats – ANZAC Commemorative Landing and Ceremony’. This event that saw 15,000 people descend on Collaroy Beach to mark the World War 1 Gallipoli landing. Well done everyone! ‪#‎AustraliaDay‬"

Justene Gordon, 2016 Warringah Council Citizen of the Year

From The Manly Daily 27th January

Awards for going that extra mile

The woman at the helm of the organisation which helps homeless and vulnerable young people has been named Warringah Citizen of the Year.

Justene Gordon 39, of Cromer has dedicated almost 20 years to the Burdekin Assocation as a worker and volunteer.  She said it was “really nice” to be recognised.

Justene and her award

We acknowledge the Aboriginal people of the Cadigal and Gayamaygal Clans. We acknowledge the Country on which we live, work, and gather as being Aboriginal land.

We acknowledge the lands, waterways and skies that are connected to Aboriginal people. We honour them and pay our deepest respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.

We respect their rightful place within our communities, and we value their ancient cultural knowledge and practices.

Aboriginal Flag
Torres Straight Island Flag

We deeply respect that this will always be Aboriginal land and we will honour and follow the first peoples’ values in caring for the Country and for preserving their culture.

We deeply value that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are the oldest living culture in the world and we will continue to work with their peoples and communities to ensure their cultures endure and remain strong.