At the Council's Annual General Meeting (AGM) held at the Council Offices in Wigston on 15 May 2018 the Citizen of the Year and Young Citizen of the Year for 2018/2019 were announced.
John Bilson was confirmed as Citizen of the Year with outgoing Mayor Samia Haq presenting a silver salver and a floral presentation. The Young Citizen of the Year title was awarded to Zainab Vayani - who was presented with a silver salver, a certificate and a cheque as a token of gratitude.
John was born with a twisted tongue and would be classed as a vulnerable adult. Despite these setbacks, John has been awarded the Citizen of the Year title for his tireless work tending to elderly neighbours gardens and helping people less fortunate than himself in many areas of the Borough. His hard work and relentless activity in the community has not only been applauded by neighbours, but by the Council’s Housing Department and local Police.
Zainab has excelled as the ‘Charity House Captain’ at Beauchamp College and has worked hard to raise a lot of money and awareness for a wide range of charities. She is also an avid campaigner in the betterment of the environment for her peers.
This great work coupled with Zainab’s ambition to set up a consulting firm offering accounting and finance advice and services to local enterprises is seen as exceptional citizenship for somebody of her age and is why she has been awarded the accolade of Young Citizen of the Year.
All at Oadby & Wigston Borough Council commend both winners for their spirit, efforts and sense of community and wish them well in all their future endeavours.
(Both 2018/2019 winners are pictured below with the outgoing Mayor Samia Haq.)