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Australia Day awards: Fairfield's finest recognised

Recognised: Nancy Nguyen. Picture: Chris Lane
Recognised: Nancy Nguyen. Picture: Chris Lane

Volunteering has been big part of Nancy Nguyen's life.

"I remember joining Relay for Life and Clean Up Australia Day and to see the hard work and volunteering spirit that goes into these events was inspiring," she said.

It led to the Canley Heights resident joining the Fairfield SES in January 2018.

And it ultimately led to her being named the Young Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Community Awards.

After winning the Fairfield SES rookie of the year in 2019, she has progressed to become a field team leader and deputy training coordinator assisting in storm/water damage, search/rescue, flood rescue, traffic control and community education and engagement.

Nancy Nguyen at Fairfield SES. Picture: Simon Bennett

Nancy Nguyen at Fairfield SES. Picture: Simon Bennett

She is also a social support and activities volunteer at St Vincent's Care Services, Yennora where she engages socially with residents through conversation/informal activities.

Nancy, who recently completed a graduate diploma of psychological science, wants to join the NSW Police Force.

"I wasn't expecting to win; it's a big honour," the 22-year-old told the Champion about the award.

"The reason I started with the SES was to help the community and learn new skills."

Citizen of the Year: Colin Arnold Phipps. Picture: Chris Lane

Citizen of the Year: Colin Arnold Phipps. Picture: Chris Lane

Fellow Fairfield SES unit volunteer Colin Arnold Phipps was presented with the Citizen of the Year award.

The Mount Pritchard resident has been a member of the unit since 2010 and a team leader since 2012 who is also the store logistics officer responsible for asset control, equipment maintenance, stock control and purchasing.

As part of his duty officer role he can be on call 24-hours-a-day and has been involved in numerous and operations (land search, storm damage, floods) and events. He also helps train new volunteers.

When nominated him, Fairfield SES commander Les Milne said Mr Phipps was an "asset in dealing with difficult and/or distressed persons in different adverse situations."

Volunteer of the year: Bashar Hanna. Picture: Simon Bennett

Volunteer of the year: Bashar Hanna. Picture: Simon Bennett

Bashar Hanna also known as the Fairfield Man won the Volunteer of the Year award.

Mr Hanna, who received a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to multiculturalism and refugee support in western Sydney as part of the Queen's Birthday Honour list last year, was vital in communicating health department compliance orders, distributing testing and vaccination information and explaining the involvement of army and police during last year's COVID-19 lockdown in Fairfield.

His list of work in the community includes:

  • He founded the The Choir of Love and The Peacemakers Ensemble.
  • He is the founder and president of the Australian Mesopotamian Cultural Association.
  • Keyboardist for The Mesopotamian Ensemble, since 2016.
  • He is a Community Liaison Officer at Prairiewood High School where he co-founded the Community Inclusion Program.
  • He is a member of the NSW Council of Social Services.
Kicking goals: Adrian Pini. Picture: Chris Lane

Kicking goals: Adrian Pini. Picture: Chris Lane

Smithfield resident Adrian Pini took out the Sports Achiever of the Year award.

The Bossley Park High School student is part of the school's talented football program and has been a member of the Sydney FC football program for the last six years.

Pini, who was was invited to attend a two-week Australian Joeys under-16 training camp at the age of 14, thanked his family, coaches and teammates when accepting the award.

The talented striker said one of his main goals this year is to make the school's first grade team.