Last night more than 150 people attended the Shoalhaven City Council International Youth Day Awards which saw young finalists from our region acknowledged for their contribution to the community.
The event hosted by the Shoalhaven City Council Youth Advisory Committee showcased the talents of the future generation of the Shoalhaven. The awards aimed to honour their courage, resilience, determination, motivation, aspirations and spirit.
Jess Glennie- The Challenge and Change Award Winner. Jess has shown extreme commitment and dedication in turning her life around to achieve her education. She has moved through significant obstacles and maintains outstanding educational results. Jess, 17, is currently engaging in further education, study and is supporting herself financially, with full-time work.
Leroy Lidbetter - The Good Neighbour Award Winner Leroy is described as a reliable, steady and intelligent young person. He has shown commitment to the community through volunteering. Exciting times are ahead for Leroy as he is currently fundraising to attend Space Camp in America.
Joel Gould - The Positive Youth Award, Highly Commended. Joel is an active member of the Bungara Dance group and has performed at the Sydney Opera House. He is described as a model student. Joel is a participant in the Aboriginal Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
Eleanor Drury - The Positive Youth Award Winner. Eleanor empowers others to participate in their lives with passion, even if what they love is unconventional. Her peers hold her in high esteem and describe her as a strong, positive and an effective leader. She has social media accounts on which she promotes positive ideas, with more than 10 thousand followers from 25 different countries.
Sophie Dobell - The Community Citizenship Award Winner. Sophie is a peer support leader to younger students, she has organised fundraisers to support malnourished communities. Sophie is involved in many extracurricular activities she is a musician and an all-around great role model.
Brodie Clark.- The Inspiration Award, Highly Commended. Brodie is an enthusiastic, helpful, and a positive role model. Brodie has overcome barriers to achieve and he volunteers in his community.
Elyzia Quin - The Inspiration Award Winner. Elyzia gives back to the community by mentoring at her school. She volunteers and supports children who are being raised by their grandparents. At 16 she had obtained her pilot’s licence. She is described as having high morals and an empowering attitude, often stating “if you want to do it, you can do anything and be anything."
To find out more about Shoalhaven City Council's Youth Advisory Committee and their activities in our community see Council's website.