Joyce Stephens named the winner of Shellharbour City Council’s Good Neighbour Award

HONOUR: Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba, Joyce Stephens and Manja Zschoener at the Shellharbour Civic Centre for the awards presentation. Picture: Adam McLean
HONOUR: Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba, Joyce Stephens and Manja Zschoener at the Shellharbour Civic Centre for the awards presentation. Picture: Adam McLean

An awards presentation on Thursday sought to celebrate Shellharbour City’s neighbours and the relationships that make for a strong community.

Shellharbour City Council’s 17th annual Good Neighbour Awards presentation took place at the Shellharbour Civic Centre.

The winner of council’s Good Neighbour Award for 2018 was Joyce Stephens of Barrack Heights, who was nominated by her  neighbour Manja Zschoener.

In the nomination submission, Ms Zschoener described Ms Stephens as someone who “has helped our family many times”.

“She is the best neighbour… She has helped us in so many ways and through difficult situations.”

Ms Stephens, 66, has lived in the Illawarra for four-and-a-half years after relocating from the Hawkesbury. 

“I’m gobsmacked – I would never have believed it,” she said.

“I’ve never won anything like this. If I can help somebody, I will.”

The awards also included a drawing competition for children aged 12 and under.