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Novita volunteer named Port Augusta’s Citizen of the Year

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Dedicated Novita supporter Emily Holden has been named Port Augusta’s Citizen of the Year. Emily received the honour from Mayor Brett Benbow at Port Augusta’s annual Australia Day ceremony.

The honour is well deserved recognition for Emily’s tireless advocacy for people living with disability, and her commitment to the Port Augusta community.

Emily and her family have had a long and distinguished association with Novita.

Her grandmother Margaret Jones was a prime mover in establishing the “Down Every Street” Appeal in the 1950s, and the Port Augusta auxiliary in 1970. Emily’s mother Gail Bull continued Margaret’s fine work, and has been the backbone of the auxiliary as treasurer for over 40 years.

Emily also served as President of the Port Augusta auxiliary for many years.

Emily’s community work includes Chair of the Governing Council of Port Augusta Special School, helping to establish an Inclusive Basketball program for people living with disability, and she has even found time to be the Secretary of the Port Augusta Racing Club.

Emily told Port Augusta’s Transcontinental newspaper that she loves that all kids are given a fair go in Port Augusta.

“Helping to provide opportunities to those people to be involved in our community is something that I’ve been extremely proud to be involved with.”

Congratulations Emily!

Image: Emily Holden with her parents Gail and Graham Bull.