Youth work re­warded

CAN­NING Vale's Habiba Asim’s great pas­sion for sup­port­ing young peo­ple has seen her re­ceive the Safe City Con­sta­ble Peter Ball Memo­rial Award from the City of Gos­nells.

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CAN­NING Vale’s Habiba Asim has a great pas­sion for sup­port­ing young peo­ple.

Her ex­pe­ri­ences of leav­ing her birth coun­try of Pak­istan when she was just one, to liv­ing in New Zealand and then at­tend­ing high school at Can­ning Vale Col­lege has given her a unique per­spec­tive on some of the is­sues fac­ing young peo­ple.

“I was born in Pak­istan; my par­ents have gone through a fair bit to be where we are to­day,” she said.

“I know of the strug­gles peo­ple go through in Third World coun­tries.

“My par­ents helped me re­alise th­ese sorts of things and helped me move for­ward in life in that way.”

The 18-year-old Ex­er­cise and Sport Science stu­dent at Notre Dame Uni­ver­sity has worked with the Aus­tralian In­dige­nous Men­tor­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence (AIME) as a men­tor as well as with the Youth Af­fairs Coun­cil of West­ern Aus­tralia.

She helps men­tor and speaks to young peo­ple in the south­east­ern cor­ri­dor of Perth, in­clud­ing talk­ing to them about sexual health and blood-borne viruses.

“You have to give young peo­ple a chance,” she said.

On Aus­tralia Day, Ms Asim re­ceived the Safe City Con­sta­ble Peter Ball Memo­rial Award, which recog­nises young peo­ple or groups who con­trib­ute to crime pre­ven­tion and com­mu­nity safety and in­crease op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple.

Wil­liam Lang­ford Com­mu­nity House was awarded the Safe City Com­mu­nity Ini­tia­tive Award for con­tribut­ing to crime pre­ven­tion or re­duc­ing peo­ple’s fear of crime, and Camp­bell Pri­mary School re­ceived the Safe City Com­mu­nity Kids Award for their Kids Mat­ter ini­tia­tive, which fo­cuses on stu­dents’ men­tal health, well­be­ing and re­silience.

Habiba Asim. Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d465182

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d465182

Habiba Asim.

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