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Dr. David Durheim named Lake Mack Ambassador for 2022

Published 01 May 2022

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Public health physician Dr David Durhaime has been named the Lake Mack Ambassador for 2022 for his outstanding efforts to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Durheim took the top honor at a grand Lake Mack Awards ceremony held at Belmont 16S on Saturday night to honor the city’s high achievers in sports, volunteering and the community.

Lake Macquarie Mayor K Fraser said Dr Durheim was a deserving winner of this year’s Lake Mack Ambassador Award.

“Dr Durhaime’s presence during the pandemic – his level-headed advice, his consistent message and his heartfelt appeal to people to exercise caution – has undoubtedly helped mitigate the impact of COVID over the past two years,” she said.

“More generally, he has for many years been a leader in the promotion of public health in Australia and internationally, moving towards a world with more equitable and accessible public health services for all.”

“He is a true pillar of our community, an inspiration to all of us, and will be a wonderful ambassador for our city.”

Dr. Durhaime, who describes himself as a “local mack on a rusty lake”, said he was humbled and honored to take home the top prize of the night.

“As a community, we have faced this colossal challenge of COVID together,” he said.

“Sometimes my focus is very health-focused, but to really see how people across the spectrum have offered and contributed is really inspiring – it’s something that warms my heart.” Has gone.”

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The announcement capped off a spectacular night in which winners in 13 categories were announced.

Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series five-time world champion Ryan Ifland was named Sports Star of the Year, and former world champion trampoline gymnast Brett Austin rounded out the Lake Mack Sports Leader category for his decades of dedication to the sport. gave.

Swimmer Victoria Robinson was named the Lake Mack Sports Star with a Disability after qualifying at the national level for the past two years.

Whitbridge 11-year-old Xavier Neal became the city’s youngest Young Citizen of the Year for his incredible work raising more than $70,000 for a local cancer charity.

Xavier’s ‘Good x Karma’ products are stocked at over 25 local businesses, with all profits going to support cancer patients.

The Lake Mac charity Hope in a Suitcase was named Community Group of the Year for its work providing necessities-filled suitcases for children in the foster care system.

Mexico-born street artist Goya Torres, whose works adorn walls around the world, was named Lec Mac Artist and Creator for 2022. Torres, who now lives in Macquarie Hills, has painted murals and exhibited her works in various locations on Macquarie Lake. Toronto.

OzHarvest volunteer June Butler took out the Volunteer of the Year category for her work in teaching life skills to at-risk youth and helping prepare thousands of food hampers and hot meals for distribution in the Hunter area.

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Cr Fraser congratulated the more than 90 nominees, finalists and winners of this year.

“Every year I am impressed by the diversity of people and organizations doing amazing things in our city,” she said.

To all of our nominees, category finalists and winners, I want to thank you on behalf of Lake Macquarie. You help make our city what it is today.”

Winners of Lake Mack Awards 2022



Lake Mack Young Sports Star

tom march

Lake Mac Artist and Producer

goya torres

Lake Mack Sports Star

ryann efland

Lake Mack Senior of the Year

Janice McKay

Lake Mac Arts Leader

Ulanda and Carolee de Villiers – Kvass Studio

Lake Mack Sports Star With Disability

Victoria Robinson

Lake Mack Community Group of the Year

hope in a suitcase

Lake Mack Sports Leader

Brett Austin

Lake Mack Young Citizen of the Year

Xavier Nilo

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