Tourettes story wins WA award
COMMUNITY Newspaper Group reporter Kate Leaver was among the winners at the WA Youth Awards on Friday.
The event held at Crown Perth recognises the contribution to community made by WA youth.
Miss Leaver was awarded the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award, aimed at young journalists, photographers, bloggers and contributors under 25, acknowledging the role the media plays in forming public opinion about young people and youth issues in our community.
The 24-year-old’s story about teenager Matt Toms’ struggle with the condition Tourettes, opened a conversation within the community.
Miss Leaver said she was honoured to win the award and share the teenager’s story.
“I’m really honoured to have even been a finalist, let alone have won the award,” Miss Leaver said.
“The media plays such an important role in how society views young people and youth issues so it's so important get those positive stories out there.
“The most amazing thing about the night was to be in a room of such inspirational young people who work tirelessly for the community.”
WA Young Person of the Year went to aspiring journalist 19-year-old Vanessa Vlajkovic.
The Organisational Achievement Award - Small Organisation went to the WA Youth Cancer Advisory Committee in Nedlands.