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November 6, 2020

Fia Johansson

She has turned a passion for art, animals and the environment in to action that benefits those around her.

An impressive portfolio of service on behalf of her community has earned teenager Fia Johansson status as a young Hunters Hill Hero.

It started about four years ago when Fia was deterred by the site of graffiti in her local area, in particular on a utility box on the corner of High Street and Park Road, which was regularly vandalised.

With the help of her mum, Michelle, Fia instigated the painting of the box with a mural to deter graffiti.

“I really don’t like graffiti and the box was kind of ugly,” Fia said.

Fia’s mural.

This year, Fia’s love of art and nature were combined in a piece chosen as the cover for Macquarie University journal The Quarry.

Fia’s cover artwork.

She is also a regular entrant to Hunter’s Hill Council’s Young in Art exhibition.

Fia is part of the 1st Boronia Scouts and a foundation member of its Venturers group for boys and girls aged 14 to 18 years and recently achieved the ultimate Scout award, receiving her medallion.

Fia being presented the Scout medallion.

She has worked at The Happy Hens’ Henley community garden, making insect houses for the green and providing plants for market days.

Fia also works with the Boronia Park Bushcare group, has a Scouting Landcare badge, and has volunteered on Clean Up Australia Day.

She travels each year with her family to a property on the Mid North Coast to help out with alpaca shearing and vaccinations and back in Sydney is a volunteer with the Taronga Youth at the Zoo (YATZ) program.

While Fia is busy across many areas of the community, pursuits where she can express her creative side and work with others are favourites.

“I really like doing art and the friends that I make in Scouts,” she said.

“I have a lot of fun with them.”

Michelle said her daughter was very focused once she set her sights to something.

“Once she gets an idea … there’s no stopping her,” she said.

Of Fia’s achievements Michelle said: “I feel very proud”.

Help us to shine a light on other unsung Hunters Hill Heroes by nominating your hero today.

Please note that nominations for Hunters Hill Heroes will be considered for Citizen of the Year awards.

 

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