Meet our 2017 Canberra Citizen
Alex Sloan has been recognised as the 2017 Canberra Citizen for her commitment to telling the stories of Canberrans over 22 years in local radio and through her selfless support of community organisations and charitable events.
For the past 22 years Alex has supported artists, musicians and writers by exposing their work through her work on ABC 666. She's well known for her warm and engaging interview style, and with her background as a rural reporter she's well regarded for bridging the gap between Canberra and the surrounding region.
Alex says she's loved being able to make meaningful connections with the city and the people who live here.
"That’s been my job - to connect with community. In the 22 years I’ve been on air Canberra has grown a lot and really flourished and I think I’ve been able to tell those stories and have those debates," she says.
Outside her role as a broadcaster Alex has also been a long-time supporter of a range of charities, supporting Hands Across Canberra and Project Independence through event coordination and MC roles.
She continues to contribute to the community through her role on the ACT Place Names Committee, the ACT Architect’s Board, the Churchill Fellowship Selection Committee and The Australia Institute’s Writer In Residence program. She was also part of the judging panel for the International Design Competition which chose the winning design for the National Arboretum Canberra.
Alex says her favourite thing about life here is being able to engage with so many things easily.
"There’s an enormous peace to this place. It’s the ease of engagement at the local level, the ease of life," she says.