At the end of last year I was nominated by my community to receive the Young Citizen of the Year award. I remember feeling shocked but absolutely ecstatic. It was a very big OMG moment for me as I didn't think I was that deserving of such an massive award. I remember calling my Dad straight away and I remember he saying he couldn't wait to tell my Pop.
While attending the Rally the Saints Music Festival I was notified that I wouldn't be receiving the Young Citizen of the Year Award but that I would be receiving a Certificate of Achievement at the Australia Day Ceremony in Ballan. I called Dad that night a little disappointed and flat but his pride and love for me didn't deter.
While on holidays in Brighton with the kids, I got some much needed time away just to enjoy life. Dad called one day while we were at the beach to tell me that my Pop was so very proud of me and that he would be honored to stand beside me when I received my award. I was so excited and tried to hold back the tears of joy.
True to his word my Pop was right beside me yesterday.
As was my brother, his partner and my father.
It was a very emotional day for all of us. It was the first time since we were kids that we were together. Dad sent me a message last night thanking me for bringing everyone he holds so near and dear together and for the photo in which he will treasure forever.
It was without a doubt the best day in my entire life to date.
Thank-you Moorabool for my award.
Congratulations to Steven Tandy on recieving the Young Citizen of the Year Award.
And a massive thank you to Tonia Dudzik for making it all possible for me.