Amorelle Dempster awarded Maitland Citizen of the Year for 2017
Local chef and slow food advocate Amorelle Dempster was recognised as Maitland’s 2017 Citizen of the Year during local Australia Day celebrations held at Maitland Park on Friday.
Sri Lankan born, Amorelle has a passion for sharing food and letting nothing go to waste, epitomised by her efforts as the driving force behind the slow food movement in Maitland. After moving to Maitland with her Husband Andrew, Amorelle went on to open Readers Café in East Maitland, where each week she not only serves up delicious food, but also with her team of volunteers creates around 200 nutritious meals for disadvantaged people.
Over the last couple of years, Amorelle has championed local farmers and was instrumental in starting the Slow Food Earth Markets at The Levee. The market is the first of its kind in Australia and with Amorelle’s help it has successfully reconnected local producers with local customers. As the Leader of Slow Food Hunter Valley, Amorelle has brought together a passionate group of volunteers who simply want to spread the Slow Food message and share their love of food and community.
Maitland Mayor Cr Loretta Baker says, ‘The Maitland Citizen of the Year awards celebrate those individuals who enrich our community through their commitment and service to others. Amorelle works tirelessly sharing her passion for fresh, nutritious food dedicating countless hours serving our community.
“It is always a pleasure seeing her bright smiling face enjoying what she does whether that’s in her café, at The Earth Markets or even at one of our community events. Her contribution to our community makes her a very worthy recipient of this award.”
The Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to passionate young sportsman Christopher Teasdale, who served as school captain of Maitland Christian School. He has made a considerable contribution to his school and our community representing at the finals of the CSSA Soccer State Championships and working to make invaluable links through sport and activities with indigenous students and advocating for diversity.
‘We are very fortunate to have so many talented and community minded young people like Christopher in our city. Hearing of his efforts and commitment makes me incredibly proud,’ said Cr Baker.