Three of our most outstanding residents have been honoured at the Shire of Narrogin’s Australia Day Citizen of the Year Awards. Jan Shepherd was named citizen of the year on Tuesday for her service as the volunteer co-ordinator of the Community Assisted Transport Service. In what is an almost full-time job, Ms Shepherd draws on her years of experience as a trained nurse to provide support and advocacy to ensure clients’ needs are met. Shire president Leigh Ballard expressed the importance of the service Ms Shepherd manages. “Not every town has a service that takes people to Perth for appointments who wouldn't otherwise be able to get there,” he said. “She is absolutely worthy of this award.” Senior citizen of the year was Joan Porter, a veteran volunteer with the Country Women’s Association. Ms Porter is also a volunteer at the Narrogin Palliative Care Unit and the Salvation Army, and she provides support to cancer patients at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital. “I do things not to get thanks — I do it because I receive happiness through doing it,” Ms Porter said. “It was a tremendous honour to get chosen because the beautiful nominees were just wonderful too, so I am very honoured.” Katelyn Lansdell was named the Shire’s youth citizen of the year, in recognition of her roles with various school committees and community and sporting events. The active citizenship award for a group or event went to Narrogin Meals on Wheels, which has delivered meals in the town for 46 years. The service is co-ordinated by a committee of volunteers, some of whom have been involved since the organisation began in Narrogin in 1974. Lindsay Rowley was awarded a Shire of Narrogin certificate of commendation. Narrogin Primary School principal David Harrison was presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his nine years of volunteering at the Shire’s Australia Day Community Breakfast. “I think it’s a fantastic way for the community and the Shire to show our appreciation for those who do so much and make our community what it is,” Cr Ballard said. “The volunteers are what make any country town.” Ten Narrogin community members also took the pledge of commitment to Australia, becoming Australian citizens.