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Citizen of the Year

Saturday, 27th January, 2018

Robynne Sanderson is Broken Hill’s Citizen of the Year. PICTURE: Emily Roberts Robynne Sanderson is Broken Hill’s Citizen of the Year. PICTURE: Emily Roberts

By Emily Roberts

A valuable asset in the community, Robynne Sanderson has now been recognised for her tireless efforts to help those around her.

Robynne was recognised as Broken Hill’s Citizen of the Year yesterday at a ceremony in front of the Civic Centre.

There isn’t much that Robynne doesn’t do, but she was still surprised by the nomination.

“I was really surprised with the nomination, I didn’t expect to win Citizen of the Year,” she said.

Robynne is proficient with instruments ranging from the piano to Middle-Eastern drums, is treasurer of the city’s orchestra and Musical Director of the Broken Hill Community Voices choir.

She has also tutored senior school students with their music studies. 

Robynne is a member of the s355 committee for the BIU Band Hall, and has researched and presented a paper on Cornish involvement in Broken Hill’s music.

As the founder of the Village Strummers ukulele group, she has taught many people to understand music and play the ukulele for public performances.

She has also taught ukulele at Morgan Street School.

She is very active in the city’s churches, having been an organist and guitarist at St James Church for over 35 years. She also prepares liturgy sheets and the weekly newsletter for the Anglican Parish of Broken Hill and the Far West, and assists with services in White Cliffs.

She said music was a big influence on her and her involvement in the community.

“I’ve done lots and lots of things in the area of music,” she said.

“I love inspiring others who have a love of music to do things in the community.

“I think it breeds vitality independently.

“In the ukulele group we have many participants from different ages and backgrounds.”

Before raising a family, Robynne taught judo at the PCYC, and for many years she was the accompanist for Morgan Street Primary Choir and assisted with the school’s orchestra.

In addition, she helps aspiring authors with proof reading and publication of their works, and always goes the extra mile.

“I don’t consciously think I’m going to be a volunteer, I just get out and do it.

“It’s not a conscious effort.

“But if you’ve never volunteered before, it’s something you could think about.”

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