THE HON ALEX HAWKE MP, FED­ERAL MEM­BER FOR MITCHELL

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Federal Member For Mitchell -

As your Fed­eral Mem­ber of Parliament, I can as­sist with:

• Rep­re­sent you in Fed­eral Parliament

• Li­aise with Min­is­ter and Fed­eral Govern­ment de­part­ments on your be­half

• Con­grat­u­la­tory mes­sages for 50th or 60th Wed­ding An­niver­sary and 90th or 100th Birth­days

• Aus­tralian De­fence Medal (ADM) and Sa­lut­ing their Ser­vice com­mem­o­ra­tions pro­gram – Cer­tifi­cates of Ap­pre­ci­a­tion In just 100 days, since the swear­ing in of the Coali­tion Govern­ment, we have de­liv­ered on our com­mit­ments for stronger eco­nomic and border se­cu­rity, more jobs, lower taxes and stronger re­gions. To view a list of our achieve­ments visit www.lib­eral.org.au.

To­gether with Miss Ronie Quinn, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, we hosted 160 lo­cal Year 11 students at the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum at Vi­sion Val­ley from the 13 – 15 Oc­to­ber 2016. The Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum was an amaz­ing suc­cess with 15 lo­cal high schools par­tic­i­pat­ing – the Fo­rum is a sig­nif­i­cant op­por­tu­nity for the students to be in­spired and en­cour­aged for their fu­ture po­ten­tial in the lead up to their fi­nal year of school. I pay tribute to the Prin­ci­pals for with­out their strong sup­port the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum would not be as suc­cess­ful as it is each year.

Students par­tic­i­pated in team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, small group dis­cus­sions, and a com­mu­nity ser­vice project at Angli­care and lis­tened to in­spir­ing talks from Robert Ian Bon­nick, War­wick An­der­son, Bee Orsini, Matt Ker­shaw and Brett Mur­ray.

“I was so im­pressed with the en­thu­si­asm, en­ergy and com­mit­ment of the students and lead­ers who at­tended the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum this year. I can’t wait to see the im­pact they have both on their schools and in the wider com­mu­nity. It is such an honour to be able to in­flu­ence the lives of these amaz­ing young peo­ple, said Ronie Quinn, CEO of Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum.

“The Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum would like to thank its ded­i­cated vol­un­teer com­mit­tee mem­bers and amaz­ing team of lead­ers, with­out whom the Fo­rum could not in­spire the lives of so many students. These lead­ers are an ex­cep­tional ex­am­ple for the next gen­er­a­tion, said Ronie Quinn.

The Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum is in its 15th year, hav­ing started in 2002. It is a 2½ day live-in pro­gram for Year 11 students, based on the val­ues of in­tegrity, ser­vice and

courage. The pro­gram con­sists of in­spi­ra­tional speak­ers, team build­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, a com­mu­nity ser­vice project and time for small group dis­cus­sions.

The com­mu­nity ser­vice project is a great op­por­tu­nity for students to ex­em­plify the value of ser­vice dur­ing this part of the Fo­rum.

We would like to thank our val­ued spon­sors; our ma­jor spon­sors, Na­ture’s Sun­shine Aus­tralia and Cas­tle Tow­ers, and spon­sors; PwC, Parker Han­nifin and Redeemer Bap­tist School for their con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of our stu­dent lead­ers.

I would also like to thank Shel­ton’s Meats, Smil­ing Bak­ery, North West Grow­ers, Al­lan Drew Funer­als, The Hills Lodge, LSK Plas­tics and Swift Con­sult­ing for their com­mu­nity sup­port to the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum.

The con­tin­u­ing spon­sor­ship from these busi­nesses is in­te­gral to the suc­cess of the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the Mitchell Youth Lead­er­ship Fo­rum visit www.mitchellylf.org.au

The Carols by Can­dle­light Fes­ti­val and Christ­mas mar­kets will be held at Bella Vista Farm on Wed­nes­day, 14 De­cem­ber

2016 with the mar­kets and fes­ti­val com­menc­ing at 3pm and Carols at 7pm. Visit www. christ­masinthe­hills.com.au to pur­chase your tickets. Un­der the lead­er­ship of the new Chair­man, the Rev­erend John Gray, the event prom­ises to be bigger and bet­ter than pre­vi­ous years.

This year’s char­i­ties are; Hills Com­mu­nity Aid, The Lisa Har­num Foun­da­tion and The Sanc­tu­ary. All pro­ceeds will go to­wards these fan­tas­tic lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions that have helped to shape our com­mu­nity.

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