Tourettes story wins WA award

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

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.

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