University of Newcastle Chancellor Professor Trevor Waring, the University's Chamber Choir and a graduating student have taken out the honours at this year's City of Newcastle Australia Day Awards.
Professor Waring was named Citizen of the Year for his achievements and contributions to the mental health sector. A clinical psychologist with almost 40 years experience, Professor Waring is a former Chair of the National Council of Psychologist Registration Board and spent 12 years as Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health.
Following its win in Channel 7's Battle of the Choirs, the University of Newcastle Chamber Choir is the 2009 Community Group of the Year. The Choir received the honour after using the competition prize money to benefit the community by setting up choral activities for young people, seniors, the disadvantaged and the sick.
Bachelor of Arts graduate Mary-Anne De Luca has been named Young Citizen of the Year for her involvement in World Youth Day 2008 celebrations. Nominated for the award by Bishop Michael Malone, Ms De Luca was praised for her dedication and commitment to the event.
The University of Newcastle congratulates all recipients on their awards.