10 February 2016

Vic de Fontenay, Canberran of the Year 1987

Vic de Fontenay, far right.
"When you don’t have anything left to give, then give to someone who has less”.  

This sentence prompted Vic de Fontenay to gather a group of helpers from all areas and strata of Canberra. including professionals such as himself, builders and their labourers, housewives and public servants, people who had appeared before the courts and were given community work to do, and children. Together they raised the funds and built a hydrotherapy pool at the Malkara Special School to Vic's design, which incorporated the unique use of ultraviolet light instead of chlorine which would have adversely affected the children

Fascinated by pools at an early age, living in Alice Springs, Vic de Fontenay designed and built most of the water features in the Parliament House, Canberra, and numerous other significant pools in Canberra.  

Further historical detail about Victor de Fontenay 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: ACT Heritage Library, Canberra Times Collection, Handicapped file. Photographer lende