Meet Your Current Citizen & Young Citizen of the Year
Take the opportunity to get to know your Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year a little better.
Citizen of the Year - Mr Bruce Diffey
Bruce Diffey has made an enormous contribution to the community of Henty over the last 50 years. His tireless work ethic and commitment to ensure his community has the best facilities possible is a credit to him. Bruce has had an association with the Henty Community Club, Henty Bowling Club, Henty Golf Club, Henty Cricket Club, Henty Football Club, Henty Football Clubrooms Erection Committee, Henty Show Ground Trust, Henty Swimming Pool Committee, Henty Scouts and Cubs, Hickory Hill Tennis Club and a 50 year association with the Henty Bushfire Brigade. Bruce’s contribution included his own time and importantly for the community the use of his machinery such as trucks, tractors, loaders and various watering units. This equipment was supplied free of charge and at times Bruce also contributed to projects financially when there was a shortfall in funding.
In the early 60’s Bruce started watering the show ground from the government dam with his own spray dip pump and Ronaldson Tippet Motor. Bruce would have to travel the 24 kilometres round trip into town each day to water the ground. Then in the early 70’s Bruce helped clear the Henty Machinery Field Day site. Using his loader to remove stumps, dead trees and filled in wash outs. A keen footballer, Bruce played 218 games in firsts and coached. Bruce was on the Henty Football Club Committee for 12 years and helped with the ground refurbishment, building of football club rooms, light poles and flooring out front of the clubrooms. Generous to his neighbours and others, in the 1960’s he gave a neighbour a paddock to cut for silage and over the years has loaned various machinery and offered his time to neighbours when they needed assistance.
Young Citizen of the Year - Miss Madison Doughty
Maddison is a very considerate and quiet young lady. She joined St John Ambulance cadets in February 2016 because of her wish to help people. She is involved in attending various events with St John Ambulance and her first aid skills allow her to treat the community with great skill, very little fuss and the upmost of respect. Early in 2018 Maddie was attending an Endro Bike Ride event with the 1st Aid Team, one of many events Maddie attends. During the day they were called to attend a lady who was having a heart attack. Thanks to the quick thinking of Maddie and her team, she was settled, an ambulance called and the lady made a full recovery. As her part in this event, in July 2018 Maddie was awarded the St John Ambulance Life Saving Award. At the age of 16, Maddie has completed her Certificate 4 in Leadership. She is a great role model to the younger cadets and her peers. Maddie has volunteered over 200 hours during her time with St John Ambulance and is admired by her fellow cadets and adults alike. In 2017 Maddie also joined the Jindera Fire Brigade as a Fire Cadet, where she is using her leadership knowledge and learning fire fighting skills.