25 February 2016

Bob Sobey, Canberra Citizen of the Year 2002

Bob Sobey became an ACT police officer in 1977. His impressive ability to work with young people of differing socioeconomic backgrounds made him an excellent choice for the position of General Manager of the Police Citizen Youth Club.
His contribution to the youth of the ACT ranges from leadership roles in the Scouting movement (both within and outside Australia) to the implementation of the PCYC supported service, RecLink, and a very successful crime prevention initiative, Police Scouts. He coordinated Crop-a-Cop for a time, during which it raised over $250,000 for chronically ill children in the ACT region.
Over the years Bob has worked extensively with young people with physical and intellectual disabilities. He managed and facilitated a skills program for the ACT Disabled Sports Association and has been the manager for the ACT representative wheelchair basketball team in the country basketball league.
As a member of the United Nations, Bob Sobey had tours of duty in Haiti, Cyprus, Timor and Norfolk Island, where he established or supported local scout groups.
Bob Sobey was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2002 for his work with the Police Citizens Youth Club and his work with disabled and disadvantaged youth.
Further biographical detail about Bob Sobey is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.
The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image source:  Platypus, June 2002, page 10.