Roe­bourne group racks up awards

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

A Roe­bourne youth cen­tre has swept a tri­fecta of re­gional awards for PCYCs across the State.

Roe­bourne Po­lice and Cit­i­zens’ Youth Club and its vol­un­teers were awarded Re­gional Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence and Part­ner­ship of the Year for its work with the Roe­bourne Town Work Camp, and Ju­nior Vol­un­teer of the Year went to lo­cal young­ster Maxie Cop­pin, 14, at the WA PCYC An­nual Awards cer­e­mony in Perth two weeks ago.

Cen­tre man­ager Kirsty Levi said it was an hon­our for the team to be ac­knowl­edged for their hard work and in­no­va­tion in build­ing pro­grams and at­tract­ing fund­ing over the past few years.

“It has been a long, hard slog and lots of hours, but it’s great (to win),” she said. “The Re­gional Cen­tre for Ex­cel­lence award means we’re the best PCYC in the re­gions. We’ve im­proved the most or we’re pro­vid­ing a good ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

“I think the rea­son why we got it is it’s the most im­proved in the past two years. We’ve been able to get a lot of things up and run­ning.”

Those pro­grams in­clude a packed school hol­i­day ac­tiv­i­ties sched­ule and a Kids Safe Space pro­gram, both of which have been so suc­cess­ful that fund­ing group Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia has re­newed its sup­port for an­other three years.

The ju­nior vol­un­teer win marks the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year Maxie has taken home the top hon­our, and Ms Levi said she was hop­ing to em­ploy him when he was old enough.

Roe­bourne Re­gional Prison Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Butcher said the Town Work Camp fre­quently vol­un­teered to set up flat-pack fur­ni­ture and dec­o­rate at the PCYC Sholl Street head­quar­ters.

Roe­bourne po­lice of­fi­cer-in-charge Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan said the whole com­mu­nity ben­e­fited from the PCYC’s work.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Se­nior Sergeant Gemma Hen­ni­gan, Kirsty Levi and Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Butcher with the three PCYC WA awards.

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