Life dedicated to youth recognised
Camp Kulin founder Tanya Dupagne is a finalist in the WA Regional Achievement Awards.
Ms Dupagne grew up as a city girl but now proudly calls Kulin home, and is a finalist in the Community TAB Community Service Award.
Ms Dupagne has dedicated the past four years to improving the lives of children, not only those born and bred in WA, but children who have experienced trauma and torture from as far afield as Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Sudan.
“I was running similar programs in Perth, and the Shire of Kulin enticed me out here and I was blown away by the facilities, and now I wouldn’t dream of moving back to the city, ” she said.
“It’s important for people, particularly those in the city, to understand what opportunities there are here in the country.”
Camp Kulin runs development and leadership programs for children aged eight to 15, and Ms Dupagne said 95 per cent of children who came to the camp when it first began four years ago, have volunteered at subsequent camps.
“Children come to us from all over the State, and in particular we run a specific program for children who have moved to WA as refugees after experiencing some type of trauma or torture, particularly relating to war, ” she said.
“We run programs to work with children who have other issues.
“For example, suicidal children and non-verbal children, just as one example, to develop trust, selfesteem, perseverance, leadership — all the skills they require to move forward in life.”
Camp Kulin also provides leadership opportunities for school counsellors, and programs to prepare regional, rural and remote students for boarding school.
Established in 2013, Camp Kulin runs a range of innovative programs for young people living in WA, designed to teach essential life skills such as leadership, respect, trust, respect, self-confidence, anger management and communication.
In March, Ms Dupagne was named RIRDC WA Rural Woman of the Year and was awarded a $10,000 bursary to go towards developing two new pilot programs for adult women from rural areas.
The programs will focus on developing confidence and leadership in participants.
We run a specific program for children who have moved to WA as refugees. Tanya Dupagne