Australia Day Ambassador announced

Media release - 12 January 2018

The Kempsey Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador has been announced with Joel Pilgrim to take part in local celebrations for 2018.

Mr Pilgrim will join Kempsey Shire Mayor Liz Campbell in presenting the 2018 Australia Day Awards to be held on Australia Day Eve, 25 January from 5pm at the Slim Dusty Centre in South Kempsey.

The event will include a Welcome to Country, a citizenship ceremony and announcement of the winners of Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Mr Pilgrim is the CEO of the mental health surf therapy charity the Waves of Wellness Foundation, also known as WOW.

Joel is an occupational therapist with clinical experience working with youth and adults at risk and diagnosed with mental health issues.

Joel founded the One Wave Surfing Experience, an eight-week learn-to-surf program that supports people diagnosed with mental health issues and focuses on functional recovery.

Its success saw the birth of WOW and Joel now leads program teams in three states around Australia. He has also written a children’s book, Stand Up Stand Out, to help people from a young age think about mental health differently.

Australia Day events

The Crescent Head Lions Club will host its traditional barbecue breakfast for a gold coin donation at the Crescent Head Rotunda from 7:30am. The winners of the Crescent Head Citizen of the Year, Young Achiever and Sportsperson of the Year Awards will also be announced.

The South West Rocks Lions Club will host a free sausage sizzle and a cup of tea or coffee from 7:30am to 10am at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed, located at Horseshoe Bay Reserve, Livingstone Street.

Mayor, Liz Campbell, said residents and visitors to the area are welcome to attend the Awards ceremony or any of the community celebrations taking place on 26 January.

Joel PilgrimThe Australia Day Ambassador for the Kempsey Shire for 2018 is Joel Pilgrim