December 9, 2021

Northern Health Volunteer wins Senior Citizen of the Year

Northern Health Volunteer, Shoukry Sidrak, has been announced as Senior Citizen of the Year in Whittlesea City Council’s 2021 Community Awards!

Shoukry Sidrak has been a Northern Health Volunteer since 2013. His main role has been a volunteer driver until the program was cancelled in 2020.

Shoukry would pick up patients from their home and take them to the hospital for appointments. The trips to the hospitals with Shoukry would often be one of the few social connections these patients would have. While waiting for the patients to finish their appointments, Shoukry would come into the volunteer tea room and join other volunteers doing admin tasks.

Henni Wade, Manager of Volunteer Services commented, “Shoukry is such a kind and friendly person and very generous with his time. His actions are a great example of how our volunteers model our Northern Health values of safe-kind-together.”

Shoukry has spent more than two decades volunteering his time and expertise helping the City of Whittlesea community.

Since settling in Mill Park in 2001, he used his background as an accountant to provide free tax return assistance to low-income earners and has also been a volunteer community visitor.

He is a long-time volunteer with Whittlesea Community Connections and he helps community members in both English and Arabic.

Shoukry and his wife also deliver free sustainability assessments to local residents and businesses.

Plenty Valley Community Health, Whittlesea U3A, the multiphase network and the Jewish Christian Muslim Association of Australia have all benefited from Shoukry’s voluntary contributions and desire to make a difference within his local community.

Congratulations Shoukry, from your Northern Health family.