Award ‘some­thing spe­cial’

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

SHALOM House founder Peter Lyn­don-James says it is a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence to take out his cat­e­gory at the West Aus­tralian of the Year Awards.

Mr Lyn­don-James was nom­i­nated un­der the Com­mu­nity Award cat­e­gory for his work in set­ting up a res­i­den­tial re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity in the Swan Val­ley to help men trapped by ad­dic­tion, par­tic­u­larly to metham­phetamine.

Mr Lyn­don-James said be­ing nom­i­nated for the West Aus­tralian of the Year Awards was a spe­cial mo­ment.

“When you grow up the way I did, you don’t think you would ever be nom­i­nated for some­thing like this. As a child, I was one of the kids that other kids wouldn’t even pick for their foot­ball team, so be­ing picked and nom­i­nated for the Western Aus­tralian of the Year awards is re­ally quite spe­cial,” he said.

Mr Lyn­don-James said he hoped the recog­ni­tion would help him con­tinue his work.

“Each morn­ing I wake up and try to be the best me that I can be,” he said.

“It is def­i­nitely a team ef­fort that got us to where we are to­day.”

In his ac­cep­tance speech, Mr Lyn­don James said Aus­tralia was in the grip of a drug epi­demic.

“Peo­ple, the youth of to­day, the fam­ily man, the mother of a child, are smok­ing metham­phetamines like cannabis, but the ef­fects are not the same,” he said.

He said Shalom House was a self-funded pro­gram.

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