Oct 22 2015
Talent and Compassion of Young Women Recognised in Mosman Park
The talent, compassion and commitment to serving others shown by young local women was recognised this week at the Town of Mosman Park Volunteer Awards.
Each year, exceptional young people are given funding through the Town of Mosman Park’s Youth Encouragement Grant (YEG) scheme, and the recipients for 2015 are Charlotte Bradley; Jazzlyn Jansen; Olivia Martin and Georgie Carey.
These grants assist young people to achieve their goals and engage with the Town of Mosman Park and local community through the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council.
One of the highlights of the Volunteer Awards presentations each year is when the YEG awardees for the previous year give an update to the Council and the community on how they used the grant funding they received to help them achieve their own personal goals and dreams.
This year presentations were made by 2014 YEG recipients Amy Brades, Amy Vanderhor, and Kate and Sarah Woolhouse, who impressed the crowd as they recalled their extraordinary achievements, made possible by the YEG scheme. Megan Hams, another of the 2014 recipients, was unable to attend on the night, however her achievements are listed below.
Amy is a talented aspiring athlete, with particular gifts in the demanding sports of high jump and netball. She used her YEG funds to enlist the services of a high jump coach from the WA Institute of Sport who has assisted her in developing her skills.
This decision is already paying off, as Amy placed first in high jump and discus, second in hurdles and third in long jump at her school athletics carnival, and first in the WA state championships for high jump and discus, going on to attend the national championships held in Sydney for those two events.
The presentation Amy made on how she used her YEG funding to travel to Vietnam was inspiring to all who listened. She used the funding to foster her interest in and love for serving her community, travelling to Vietnam to participate in an infrastructure development project with a hill tribe in Northern Vietnam, where she helped to build a playground for the local school. She described the experience as ‘humbling’ and a real ‘eye opener.’ Amy then successfully applied to participate in an exchange programme to South Africa where she volunteered at a children’s ward of a local hospital. Amy said these experiences had inspired her to continue to find ways to assist in her own local community.
Kate used the funding to assist her as she worked towards completing the Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, progressing through the various components - community involvement, skills, sporting and an adventurous journey. Kate is also passionate about reconciliation and an appreciation for Indigenous culture, and has recently been short-listed for the prestigious Vynka Hohnen and Vice-Chancellor’s Elite Scholarship at Bond University in Queensland.
Sarah Woolhouse is an accomplished young woman who is passionate about the sport of rowing. As rowing is an extremely costly sport, a large portion of her grant went towards paying these fees to continue in that sport. She has already begun preliminary training for the upcoming 2016 Australian National Rowing Championships, held in April next year. If selected to go and complete, she hopes to fund this trip with the rest of the YEG grant.
Megan was awarded YEG funding to assist with her studies at Edith Cowan University. She is studying a Bachelor of Education for Secondary schooling, majoring in Drama and English. The funding allowed Megan to continue her studies. Megan said that receiving the grant gave her the motivation and encouragement she needed to achieve her dreams including devising dramatic plays and achieving strong results.
Both Mayor Norris and then Deputy Mayor Flack said they were very impressed with the achievements of these remarkable young people, who were a credit to Mosman Park, and an inspirational example for the whole community.
They said they looked forward to hearing in a year’s time what the recipients of this year’s funding might achieve when the recipients give their reports at the Volunteer Awards in 2016.
One of the recipients in 2015 was Georgie Carey, who has also been awarded Town of Mosman Park Young Citizen of the Year and was the winner of the 2015 Photographic Awards. Georgie is the Chairperson of the Mosman Park Youth Advisory Council (MPYAC) and during the Volunteer Awards presentation she played a video she had made that chronicled the group’s achievements over the last 12 months.
To view the video, visit the Town of Mosman Park’s website at http://www.mosmanpark.wa.gov.au/community/children-and-youth and for more information on how to join the MPYAC, visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MPYAC
Further details about the Volunteer Awards and Youth Encouragement grants are available from the Town of Mosman Park’s website here