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Community & Business

23 November, 2023

Passionate community members recognised

THREE locals with a passion for their community have been recognised with Paul Harris Fellow.


Constable Matthew Mitchell received a Paul Harris Fellow from Mareeba Rotary president Chantelle Pedersen, who also received one recently.
Constable Matthew Mitchell received a Paul Harris Fellow from Mareeba Rotary president Chantelle Pedersen, who also received one recently.

The prestigious recognition is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community. A Paul Harris Fellow is the highest form of recognition with Rotary. 

School-based police officer Constable Matthew Mitchell received the prestigious award following several years of servicing the community through various programs, particularly the Rotary Youth Driver Awareness (RYDA)  program. 

The RYDA program, organised by the Mareeba Rotary Club, teaches young people the importance of staying safe behind the wheel. 

At the end of the program this year, Constable Mitchell was surprised with the recognition. 

“It was a huge surprise, actually,” he said. 

“I have been helping Mareeba Rotary organise the RYDA programs since 2018 by sourcing things like the cars and demonstration facilitators and liaising with people in the community to share their expertise. 

“It feels really good to be recognised.”

Mareeba Rotary President Chantelle Pedersen and Dr Tahnee Bridson were also recognised with awards at a recent foundation lunch.

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