club Trailblazer takes top honour

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Cassie Fry was awarded the Shire of Dardanup’s Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday.
Camera IconCassie Fry was awarded the Shire of Dardanup’s Citizen of the Year Award on Tuesday. Credit: Jackson Barrett

In the male-dominated world of country towns’ country clubs, Cassie Fry has been a trailblazer in her community.

On Tuesday, Ms Fry was named the Shire of Dardanup’s Citizen of the Year in front of family and friends at the Shire’s Australia Day celebrations.

Her work as the first ever female president of the Burekup Country Club has seen an overhaul of its administration procedures and facilities upgrades.

The club has also become involved in Share the Dignity bag collection for charity, the canned goods drive, and hosted regular seniors’ lunches.

“It is exciting, but when you are passionate about your community you do what you can to give back,” Ms Fry said.

I grew up watching my grandmothers and they were my mentors and volunteering was such a big thing back in the day for them.

“When you have got an older generation that are quite set in their ways, especially a male-dominated group, it can be quite hard for a female to come in and step up,” she said.

“It is about making that change that people are not used to, but it was needed in Burekup.”

The other nominee for the award was former Dardanup West Bushfire Brigade captain Alan Charlton, who spent 23 years with the brigade.

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