Stasia was born in
in the late 1920s. As a young girl growing up during World War II, Stasia
experienced the tragedies of war. She came to Poland in January 1964. Australia
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
In February 1996 Stasia was presented with a new vehicle to enable her to continue her valuable work with
young people. The vehicle was jointly donated by the Rotary Club of Canberra
and ACTEW Corporation. Canberra
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.