It has been nearly a year since Jackie Starr was named citizen of the year in the 2018 Australia Day honours.
Yet she is still on the hunt for who nominated her.
“For a couple weeks afterwards I must have said to everyone I knew, ‘was it you? was it you?’,” said Ms Starr.
Without any further clue as to their identity, Ms Starr is left with only the knowledge that whoever it is has an excellent poker face.
“I would like to thank them personally, but it doesn’t matter too much. It adds to the intrigue, I think.”
With nominations for the 2019 awards now open, Ms Starr is encouraging the community to get behind it.
Having nominated others in the past and preparing again for the incoming year, Ms Starr believes the feeling of receiving the award is only matched by nominating another for that same honour.
Last January, Ms Starr was one of four honoured Junee residents.
The others received the young citizen, volunteer team, and young sportsperson awards.
A further 12 were nominated.
After 48 years of active service with the state’s scouts clubs – 30 of those served in Junee – and several years’ devotion to the town band, Ms Starr is certain her award was based on those merits.
“You don’t do it for the awards, but crikey I’ve got to say, when you do get one it makes you feel incredible.”
Nomination forms may be collected from the council chambers, and must returned by December 21.
Council volutneer Ainslie Wood will be available to assist with the filling out of applications. She may be contacted via 02 6930 5592, email@example.com.