Recipient of the Stawell Ward - Citizen of the Year, Jess Maffescioni.
In her earlier years, Jess was awarded a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and has continued connections and friendships with RYLA to this day.
Jess gives her time freely to many community groups, including Committees of the Stawell Bowling Club, Stawell Amateur Athletic Club, Stawell Country Womens’ Association and the Seed Graders Association. In addition to offering professional skills to these many clubs, Jess goes above and beyond to help these and other organisations succeed.
From taking part in a small but dynamic working group that manages to bake thousands of scones for fundraising, to organising fairs, through to last year's Christmas Tree festival and Mothers’ Day Classic – she offers to lend her hands to everything that she can.
Some of the previous roles held by our Citizen of the Year are also worthy of note; member of the Board of Grampians Tourism, Board of Stawell Regional Health, Committee of Stawell Biz, and a founding member of Raising Dust. Our Citizen of the Year services the Stawell Club, Stawell Probus, Gold Reef Ladies Probus and Stawell Lions Club with annual audits, just as her beloved Grandfather used to do. She is an avid baker, holding the Stawell Show perpetual overall trophy for the past three years.
Fit and active, she takes part in many fun runs, marathons, the entire Amateur Athletic club annual syllabus, and runs with some of her dearest friends – just for fun. A well-known Senior Manager and Chartered Accountant with Findex here in Stawell, this year’s Citizen of the Year comes from a family with a long history of connection to our community, and follows proudly in the footsteps of her Grandparents and Mother.