Dedicated Diane awarded for community work

Citizen of the Year Diane Kargas Bay

THROUGH her social enterprise and philanthropic work, Diane Kargas Bay has been named the 2018 Canberra Citizen of the Year for her outstanding contribution to the Canberra community, says Chief Minister Andrew Barr. 

Ms Kargas Bray helped to establish “Common Ground”, which provides quality tenancies to people who have experienced homelessness and to low-income earners who are unable to access other affordable housing options.

She also advocates for people with disability and encourages the growth of new social businesses that employ people with intellectual disabilities.

Mr Barr says her work with Hands Across Canberra has been instrumental in bringing together businesses, government and individuals to channel donations to local charities.

Ms Kargas Bray’s work has extended to roles with GreaterGood, Boundless, the Canberra Bushfire Recovery Appeal, the ACT Committee for the Fundraising Institute of Australia, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as Chair of the Social Enterprise Taskforce at the Canberra Business Chamber.

“Our 2018 winner gives her time freely and is a mentor and role model to those who meet and work with her,” Mr Barr says.

“She joins a long list of deserving recipients who act for the good of our community without expectation of remuneration or reward.

“I congratulate Ms Kargas Bray on this achievement and look forward to hearing more about the impact of her work over the coming 12 months.

“I would also like to thank Ms Alex Sloan for her contribution as our 2017 Canberra Citizen of the Year.”

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