Wollongong’s new Citizen of the Year for 2018 Vicki Tiegs is still coming to terms with everything that has happened in the last week.
In fact it has been a bit of a momentous week for the whole family.
The annoucement by the Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbey was made extra special because her mother Jan Algar was able to attend.
The day after she was presented with the honour by Cr Bradbery she recieved a call from her aunty Sandra McDonald to say her uncle Rob McDonald had been presented with an Australia Day Achievement Award from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services for his decades of volunteer work in the bush area where he lives in Central Queensland.
“How special that we are celebrating recognition together,” she said.
“I also found out on Australia Day that my cousin Paul McDonald, my Uncle Arthur’s son, completed his 400th show on community radio in Rockhampton. So lots of community work in our family.”
Ms Tiegs said it has been an incredible week.
“It truly was a great honour to be named Wollongong Citizen of the Year. Like many others, we do our bit in the community to make a difference, not for regonition. But it is always appreciated if someone says thanks or well done. It reminds you that you are making a contribution that is valued.”
Ms Tiegs has been feeling very reflective the last few days after a busy week and Australia Day.
“I’ve been in Wollongong nearly 22 years and can’t believe how much the city has changed,” she said.
“There is so much growth and opportunity which is a good thing. I am thankful to be living in a city that embraces its challenges, comes together in good times and bad and lives up to its reputation as a city of innovation.”