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Most of the Chinese community wouldn’t be surprised by the nomination of Colin
Chen for an Australia Day Award.
Earlier this morning, the long-time Bankstown resident was named the 2017
Canterbury-Bankstown Citizen of the Year, for his many selfless commitments to the
“It is a great honour to win the 2017 Canterbury-Bankstown Citizen of the Year
award,” Mr Chen said.
“I am honoured that my fellow community members thought of me, but the truth is
this award belongs to all the volunteers across our city who are continuously trying to
improve the wellbeing of others.”
Mr Chen has been a tireless community volunteer for more than 12 years, and is
currently one of the Directors of the Chinese Australian Services Society (CASS).
He was instrumental in the establishment of CASS’ Hua Xing Activity Group,
Bankstown, which provides social and recreational activities, and encourages a
healthy lifestyle and increased community participation for residents in the area.
Some of these activities include orchestrating, games, light exercise, excursions,
information sessions, and singing and dancing, which are catered towards the
young, elderly and those with a sickness or disability.
He has also made a remarkable contribution to the migrant community through
supporting the areas newest residents by assisting with the running of free weekly
English class at Bankstown Navitas.
“Giving back to the community has given me a great sense of purpose, especially
because I’ve been able to help migrants adjust to life in Australia. It has been
rewarding to help others learn English, and to have them be involved in various
activities in our area in a fun and engaging way,” Mr Chen said.
Administrator, Richard Colley, praised Mr Chen for his generous dedication and
commitment to people from all walks of life.
“Mr Chen has provided an invaluable service to our community, by performing many
selfless acts over the years for many of our residents,” Mr Colley said.
“He is a very deserving winner of this year’s Citizen of the Year Award, and on behalf
of the Canterbury-Bankstown community, I would like to congratulate Mr Chen on
this well deserving recognition.”
9/02/2017 2:50 PM