19 February 2016

Stasia Dabrowski, Canberra Citizen of the Year 1996

Stasia was born in Poland in the late 1920s. As a young girl growing up during World War II, Stasia experienced the tragedies of war. She came to Australia in January 1964.
In 1987 Stasia was concerned about the number of young people wandering around the Civic area, homeless and in need. She saw a need to help these young people and decided to set up a soup kitchen. Each Friday night Stasia serves over 100kg of home made soup, bread, cakes and juices in Garema Place. As well as free, wholesome food, Stasia offers advice and unconditional friendship. Many of these young people who find themselves in better circumstances, have kept in touch with Stasia.
In February 1996 Stasia was presented with a new vehicle to enable her to continue her valuable work with Canberra’s young people. The vehicle was jointly donated by the Rotary Club of Canberra and ACTEW Corporation.
Stasia Dabrowski was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 1996 for providing a soup kitchen each Friday night for the disadvantaged and homeless.
Further biographical detail about Stasia Dabrowski 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: Canberra Times, 5 July 1992, page 18, photographer Andrew Campbell.