Diane Williams, wife of our Brigade Captain Brian Williams and an active member of our brigade, has been awarded Citizen of the Year 2022 in the Hawkesbury Australia Day awards for more than 40 years of service to the Girl Guides.

This is the citation on the council Facebook page:

Diane has lived in the Hawkesbury all her life. In April 1978 she was asked to join the 1st Kurrajong Brownie Guide Unit as an assistant leader, so her 43 years of guiding began at the beginning of May 1978.

She was known as Brown Owl, a name she loves and still has today. Diane is so dedicated to the guides and wanting to give the girls the opportunities and experiences they deserve, she has served in a voluntary capacity on numerous State, Region, Division and District committees, planning, making, sewing and doing whatever it takes to make guiding the place for girls to grow.

Diane’s 43 years of dedication, commitment and love of mentoring young girls is a testament to her love of Guiding.

She gives it her all. For Diane being a leader is a way of life.

Congratulations Diane!”

You can watch Diane receiving her award on this video:


Hawkesbury Mayor, Councillor Patrick Conolly, congratulated all award recipients, including the 2022 Citizen of the Year – Diane Williams; 2022 Young Citizen of the Year – Sophie Wills; and Community Organisation of the Year – Hawkesbury State Emergency Services.

“Congratulations and thank you for the many wonderful contributions you have made to our Hawkesbury community,” Cr Conolly said.

2022 Hawkesbury Australia Day Award Recipients:

  • Diane Williams – Citizen of the Year – Commitment to Girl Guides.
  • Sophie Wills – Young Citizen of the Year – Defibrillator installation program.
  • Anne Robbie – Volunteer of the Year – Rescues, rehabilitates cats and Animal Shelter volunteer.
  • Penny McKinlay – Local Hero Award – Member RFS, BRAG, Mountain of Joy.
  • Michael Payne – Sports Person of the Year – Commitment to Swimming.
  • Lillian Page – Junior Sports Person of the Year – Commitment to Athletics.
  • Phillip Routley – Community Arts Award – Commitment to arts and music in the Hawkesbury.
  • NSW State Emergency Services Hawkesbury – Community Organisation of the Year – Volunteer work during the 2021 floods.

The full awards video is available on the Council YouTube channel:


Picture below of Diane and her nominator Maureen Rose together with Mayor Patrick Connolly and Councillor Jill Reardon.



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