An­nette con­tin­ues her achieve­ments

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AN­NETTE Waters con­tri­bu­tion to the Rochester and district com­mu­nity was recog­nised last month when she reached the semi-fi­nals of the 2018 Vic­to­rian Young Achiever Awards.

An­nette, 17, re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate from Min­is­ter for Youth Af­fairs Jenny Mikakos in front of 600 peo­ple at a cer­e­mony in Flem­ing­ton.

Among her many achieve­ments, one of An­nette’s proud­est is help­ing to char­ter the Rochester Leo Club (a youth af­fil­i­a­tion of Lions Clubs International) five years ago.

She has been in­volved in a va­ri­ety of service projects and fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, as well as club ad­min­is­tra­tion.

An­nette has rep­re­sented her club at district, state and international level, and this year she was ap­pointed to serve as the first ever Leo li­ai­son of­fi­cer on the district cabi­net.

“I got in­volved be­cause I wanted to help out the lo­cal com­mu­nity and give back,” An­nette said.

“It’s really im­por­tant for young peo­ple to be in­volved in their com­mu­nity and it’s really re­ward­ing.

“Not many young peo­ple are in­volved in the com­mu­nity and it’s im­por­tant to foster in­ter­gen­er­a­tional com­mu­ni­ca­tion to make our com­mu­ni­ties a bet­ter place.”

An­nette has also served as the chair of the Cam­paspe Shire youth ad­vi­sory group and has also been in­volved in the shire’s youth steer­ing group, plan­ning ac­tiv­i­ties and strate­gies to re­duce marginal­i­sa­tion of mi­nor­ity and un­der­rep­re­sented young peo­ple.

An­nette also ini­ti­ated, planned and con­ducted a ma­jor com­mu­nity project as part of her com­mit­ment to the Lod­don Mur­ray Youth Lead­er­ship Pro­gram.

She was the or­gan­iser and co­or­di­na­tor of Camp LEO – a three-day smoke, drug and al­co­hol-free event for com­mu­nity-minded young peo­ple.

An­nette ini­ti­ated the project and spent more than seven months plan­ning and or­gan­is­ing it.

She also ap­proached lo­cal busi­nesses for sup­port and she se­cured do­na­tions, which en­sured the cost of the camp was kept as low as pos­si­ble for par­tic­i­pants.

“Camp LEO was a way to get young peo­ple in­volved in the com­mu­nity and it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence,” An­nette said.

“I had plenty of sup­port from Lions mem­bers and with­out their help it wouldn’t have hap­pened. It took a lot of plan­ning but it was great to net­work with like-minded peo­ple.”

An­nette has also been a carer for many years. She helped to sup­port her mother in car­ing for her late grand­fa­ther un­til his death.

She cur­rently pro­vides care for her fa­ther, who de­vel­oped life-long health is­sues and dis­abil­i­ties when he sur­vived a stroke in 2010.

An­nette said at times it has been dif­fi­cult to cope with the change to her fam­ily’s cir­cum­stances, and ad­just to her car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

How­ever, she has turned the neg­a­tives into pos­i­tives by us­ing her ex­pe­ri­ence to guide and mo­ti­vate others who may be dis­ad­van­taged due to their car­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, through her in­volve­ment in the Vic­to­rian Young Car­ers Ac­tion Team ad­vi­sory group.

Rochester Lions Club sec­re­tary Hed­ley Moon said An­nette demon­strated a ma­tu­rity be­yond her years and has shown ini­tia­tive that has been of enor­mous ben­e­fit to the groups she is in­volved with.

“She leads by ex­am­ple. Her ded­i­ca­tion and self­less at­ti­tude are her key at­tributes, and her abil­ity to en­cour­age others and in­stil in them the abil­ity to achieve is note­wor­thy,” he said.

“She is also re­li­able, en­thu­si­as­tic and ded­i­cated. When An­nette com­mits to do some­thing, you can be sure it will be done.

“She in­spires other young peo­ple to be­come more in­volved in their com­mu­nity and freely shares her tal­ents with those around her to make a pos­i­tive change in her com­mu­nity and the world.”

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