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Medical student Nayani Navaneethan receives Young Citizen of the Year award at Australia Day ceremony | News from the region

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With a passion for community that drives everything she does, it’s no surprise that university student Nayani Navaneethan received the Young Citizen of the Year award at this year’s Australia Day ceremony. . A driven young woman who has dedicated countless hours to community service and voluntary organisations, Miss Navaneethan has made and will certainly continue to make a number of outstanding contributions to the Griffith community. RELATED || Nayani Navaneethan Griffiths Young Citizen of the Year. Nominated by Australian Air Force Cadets from 340 Squadron for the time and energy she has invested in the youth-focused organisation, Miss Navaneethan said she was “deeply honoured” to to be the recipient and the only candidate for the award. “I am so grateful and very appreciative of everyone for nominating me for this job because of all the volunteer work I have done,” Miss Navaneethan said. “I am so happy.” READ MORE Miss Navaneethan said she hopes to inspire future generations and engage them in volunteerism and want to create a better future for all who call Griffith home. “I would also like it to be something where other people can watch and feel encouraged and motivated to do more work in the community as well,” Miss Navaneethan said. Mum Abin Navaneethan said she was “beyond proud” of her daughter. “Proud is an understatement, she has always shown an interest in the community and has helped the community since she was little,” Ms Navaneethan said. Her father, Dr Navaneethan echoed his wife’s sentiments. “We are all very proud of her and thankful to the Griffith community for recognizing her in this way and letting her serve them,” Dr Navaneethan said. And with a future in medicine awaiting her, Miss Navaneethan is sure to continue giving back to the community she loves so much. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content: