ABOVE: Patti Lettice’s extended family joined well wishers who have congratulated the Narrabri Shire’s 2019 Citizen of the Year. Back row from left, Jamarl Zarka, Robert Condran, Patti’s husband Noel Lettice, Tanika Clark, Chris Clark, front, Jayden Russell, Tyrell Russell, Aleka Russell, Patti Lettice with ‘Engie’, Krista Zarka and Tashanny Clark.
The audience at The Crossing Theatre’s Australia Day ceremony on Saturday applauded the announcement of Patti Lettice as Narrabri Shire’s 2019 Citizen of the Year.
Mrs Lettice, who was out of town for the awards presentation, said she was surprised and delighted to be chosen.
“Patti was nominated so her commitment as a foster mother, educator, and community member could be recognised,” said the mayor, Cathy Redding. “Over the years Patti and her husband Noel have provided a home for over 18 children.
Patti has been the Aboriginal Education Officer at the Narrabri Public School for years and teaches traditional Gomeroi language and dance, is involved in local sports, is a strong campaigner against domestic violence
and is a positive mentor to younger generations.
“Patti has played an active role in the community for a number of years and her efforts in being a positive role model for the younger generation is something to be celebrated”.
Layten Smith was named Australia Day Young Citizen of the Year. Layten was nominated for his involvement in the Narrabri High School Representative Council and for the huge contribution he has made to the community through his music and performances at many community charity fundraisers and school events.
“Layten is to be commended for his significant contributions to the community,” said Cr Redding.
The Community Event of the Year was awarded to the Think Tank Halloween Night 2018.
Narrabri business woman, Tash Elder organised a Halloween Night event in the Narrabri CBD which included a number of Narrabri CBD businesses extending their trading hours for the evening.
“It was a wonderful initiative, providing a safe, fun night for the local community,” said Cr Redding.
“Narrabri Shire is extremely fortunate to have so many passionate people who are willing to volunteer their time to benefit our community.”