Steve Pendrick awarded Citizen of the Year
Stratford free-range egg farmer Steve Pendrick has been announced Wellington Shire Council’s Citizen of the Year for 2018.
Awarded during a luncheon in Sale, Mr Pendrick was shocked at the honour, telling those gathered that he had no idea he had been nominated.
“I almost didn’t come to the luncheon today because I had work to do,” Mr Pendrick said.
“I didn’t know I’d been nominated for the award and then to win it, well it was definitely a surprise!”
Mr Pendrick was recognised for his extensive community work, including volunteering with Stratford State Emergency Service for 42 years, 33 of which was spent as the Unit Controller.
Mr Pendrick has also been a member of the Stratford Fire Brigade for 35 years and has been an instrumental member of the Stratford community during times of hardship.
Wellington Shire Council Mayor Carolyn Crossley said the councillors examined the nominations carefully and took their job choosing the recipients very seriously.
“It can be a tough job sometimes, choosing a winner of the Citizen of the Year award from such a stellar line-up of people in our shire who work so hard for their communities,” Cr Crossley said.
“On this occasion Councillors were unanimous in their selection of Mr Pendrick for this award.
“His tireless devotion to the Stratford community really is something to be acknowledged and celebrated.”