Spirit of Moonee Valley Awards

The Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Awards recognise those people in our community whose service and contributions have had a significant effect on the life or lives of the citizens within Moonee Valley’s 13 neighbourhoods.

Nominations can be for people from all spheres of the community. Any individual, community organisation, professional body or similar group can nominate or be nominated for an award.

The 2018 awards will focus on celebrating the 13 unique neighbourhoods within Moonee Valley and we encourage nominations from all areas of the municipality.

The 2018 Spirit of Moonee Valley Community Awards are proudly supported by Nelson Alexander, the Essendon Royals and Cannoli Bar.

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2018 Spirit winners


Citizen of the Year - Frank Di Blasi

For over 40 years, Frank Di Blasi has worked tirelessly to support the interests and livelihoods of Italian and Australian Senior Citizens in Moonee Valley.

He has been involved in establishing 87 senior citizens clubs across Victoria, training committees to become self-sufficient and improving the health and welfare of the whole community.


Citizen of the Year - Cheryl and Arthur Brown

Cheryl and Arthur Brown have fostered over 100 children in the last 35 years, improving the lives of children as young as six weeks and up to 16 years old, including children with special needs.

Outstanding Award winners

Karlos El Haouli

Karlos El Haouli has made a significant contribution to the local community by supporting the community through his business, Centreway Fish and Chip Shop.

Adrian Glasby 

Adrian Glasby has made a significant impact and contribution to the Moonee Valley community through his leadership role as Principal at St Christopher’s Primary School and as a foster carer, with his wife and family, for more than 20 years.

Liz Tripodi

As the founder of Vocal Art Studios, now one of the largest private music schools in the country, Liz has created a successful and strong education environment, creating opportunities for students of all ages and abilities.

Meritorious Award winners

Matthew Bott – Moonee Ponds Primary School

Through his role as a teacher at Moone Ponds Primary School, Matthew Bott has taken action across all areas of sustainability including waste, energy, water and biodiversity.
Moonee Ponds Primary School are a leader in school sustainability in Moonee Valley and have implemented a range of initiatives in waste, energy, water and biodiversity through the school’s Green Team.

Simone Cariss

Since 2017, Simone has shown her commitment to promoting equality in Moonee Valley through giving girls the choice of wearing pants and shorts as their everyday school uniform.
As co-founder of Girls’ Uniform Agenda (GUA), Simone has advocated for school uniform equality for girls in public schools in Victoria.

Helen Lusher

Helen shares the spirit of Christmas each year by organising a lunch and special event through the Rotary Club of Strathmore, providing meals for over 250 elderly and unsupported people in Moonee Valley.

Elvis Martin

Elvis has shown leadership in promoting compassion and equality in our community through his involvement in projects that support young people experiencing hardship, particularly in the areas of mental health, homelessness, domestic violence, suicide prevention and the LGBTIQ+ community.

Tilly McCarthy

Tilly has shown dedication and support for her fellow students by establishing a LGBTIQA+ group at her school and creating a positive and inclusive school environment for all, particularly for young people during their transition from primary to high school at Mount Alexander High School.

Sara Melvin – Boomerang Bags Ascot Vale

Boomerang Bags Ascot Vale started in July 2017 when Sara was inspired to actually ‘do something’ in Moonee Valley about the overuse of single use plastic bags.
Since founding the local chapter of Boomerang Bags, Sara has contributed to the sustainability of Moonee Valley, and the reduction of single use plastic bags in her neighbourhood.

Geoff Nicholl

As President of East Keilor Football Club, Geoff has increased sport participation across all levels and genders and advocating for young people in the community.
Over the past six years, Geoff has worked tirelessly to create a strong family environment which has improved community participation with the club.

Christine Robson

Christine has been a carer for people effected with motor neurone disease, making a positive impact on the lives of over 50 people suffering from MND as well as their family and friends.

Ahmed Salih

Ahmed is a carer for his three younger siblings who all have disabilities and has provided emotional support and help to his mother.

Lucy Sheehan

Lucy has been involved with Oaklands Riding Develops Abilities Victoria for the past three years as a volunteer side walker, assisting riders from the local community to achieve their goals.

Susi Strasser

Susi has made a significant contribution to the community through her volunteer work in local sports clubs Essendon Little Athletics and Special Olympics Victoria.

Gino Vigilante

Gino Vigilante has worked as a draftsman, designing homes for the local community for over 25 years.

Gino lives with multiple sclerosis and having experienced living with a disability, uses his skills as a draftsman to help those living with disability in Moonee Valley.

What are the prizes?

The winners of the Meritorious and Outstanding Awards will receive a special gift to acknowledge their contribution.

The Citizen of the Year will receive an exclusively designed Citizen of the Year pin.

How are the nominations assessed?

Judging Panel

The judging panel consists of five citizens of Moonee Valley:

  • The Mayor, Cr John Sipek
  • The 2017 Citizen of the Year
  • Three members of the community.
Last updated: Tuesday, 9 April 2019, 9:46 AM