Dou­ble State win for PCYC

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Roe­bourne PCYC has col­lected awards for re­gional youth pro­gram of the year and ju­nior vol­un­teer of the year at the an­nual WA PCYC awards cer­e­mony held in Perth last month.

Roe­bourne res­i­dent and cen­tre youth worker Maxie Cop­pin, 15, was awarded the ju­nior vol­un­teer of the year prize for a third con­sec­u­tive year, and was for the first time present at the cer­e­mony to col­lect his tro­phy in per­son.

Roe­bourne PCYC man­ager Saman­tha Corn­th­waite said Maxie, a long-term cen­tre vol­un­teer who be­came a staff mem­ber last year, had been an en­thu­si­as­tic and tire­less helper and would be much missed af­ter his re­cent move to board­ing school.

“I nom­i­nated him be­cause he’s now a paid em­ployee, but even when he’s not ros­tered on, he still turns up,” she said. “I asked him one day ‘Maxie, why are you still here?’ and he said, ‘I don’t know, I just love it’.”

“He says bounce and the kids say how high — he just has that rap­port with the kids.”

Ms Corn­th­waite said Maxie’s ex­am­ple had also in­spired sev­eral other chil­dren at the cen­tre to think about be­com­ing youth lead­ers.

Roe­bourne PCYC also won the PCYC’s best re­gional youth pro­gram award for its Safe Space ini­tia­tive, a se­ries of reg­u­lar ses­sions which give lo­cal chil­dren a com­fort­able en­vi­ron­ment to ex­press them­selves and learn life skills through small group ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing team­build­ing, cook­ing, and arts and crafts.

The pro­gram was started in June last year by for­mer cen­tre man­ager Kirsty Levi and is funded by RDA Pil­bara and the City of Kar­ratha.

Ms Corn­th­waite said the pro­gram had be­come a big suc­cess and con­sis­tently drew any­where from 45 to 90 chil­dren.

“It was great to be ap­pre­ci­ated and for all my staff to be recog­nised as well for all the hard work that they do,” she said.

Roe­bourne PCYC’s part­ner­ship with RDA Pil­bara also re­ceived a cer­tifi­cate of high recog­ni­tion at the awards night.

If you are in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing Roe­bourne PCYC, con­tact the cen­tre on 9182 1784 or roe­bournep­cyc@wap­

Pic­ture: WA PCYC

Roe­bourne PCYC youth worker Maxie Cop­pin, 15, re­ceives his ju­nior vol­un­teer of the year award from WA PCYC hu­man re­sources man­ager Lin­coln Is­lam.

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