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Top citizens awarded, as new Aussies sworn in

A champion of inclusion and equity in the arts, and a dentist on a mission to improve the oral health of disadvantaged Tasmanians have been named Hobart’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year.

Kelly Drummond Cawthon and Gavin Quek were recognised at the Hobart Community Awards ceremony on 17 April – the first time the awards have been presented since being moved away from Australia Day.

The awards followed a citizenship ceremony in the Hobart Town Hall ballroom that saw 68 new Australians from 24 countries officially become Australian citizens.

Ms Drummond Cawthon is creative director of Second Echo Ensemble, which develops innovative programs and works that help remove barriers to participation and employment in the performance sector, resulting in greater opportunities for people living with mental illness, disability, neurodiversity or experiencing disadvantage to tell their stories.

“Every story matters and the diversity of the stories I hear need to be heard,” she said.

“The artists I work with challenge and inspire me every day.

“I get out of bed in the morning to try and make impossible things happen and there is no better job in the world.”

Mr Quek has been named Hobart Young Citizen of the Year for his dedication to improving the oral health of all Tasmanians.

On top of his full-time job as a dentist, Mr Quek dedicates many hours to sharing his skills and knowledge through his volunteer roles with the Red Cross Bicultural Health and Rebuilding Smiles programs.

“Dental decay is very much preventable but is the most prevalent non-communicable diseases in the world,” he said.

“I want to work to change this and give every Tasmanian the opportunity to access oral health services no matter their financial situation.”

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