Kiwi Can leaders number one again
Jayleb Dean and Maine Nooroa have each walked away with a Kiwi Can leader award before, but this time they have done it as a team.
For the first time, Foundation for Youth Development gave the award to three pairs at the annual excellence awards.
Nooroa, 34, won it as an individual in 2012 and Dean, 25, was the recipient of it last year.
The Tokoroa duo attended the ceremony at the Government House in Auckland, where Governor General, Sir Jerry Mateparae, presented awards.
‘‘It’s a bit of an honour, we didn’t expect to get it again. For us it shows we are doing something good,’’ Dean said.
Nooroa started with KiwiCan four years ago, while Dean took up the challenge one year later.
At that stage they were the only two leaders and were involved with two primary schools.
Now it has extended out to five schools and with two new leaders.
The programme consisted of classroom sessions about core values.
‘‘It’s hands on activities and we try to show them visually what the values are,’’ Dean said.
Nooroa said it was ‘‘the best job ever’’ and could not imagine herself doing anything else.
‘‘I like the variety of it, meeting the different kids and learning the different cultures of the school.’’
She said a huge thanks goes to the community that constantly supported them.
‘‘It’s a bit different when you are acknowledged by your peers, when you’re a KiwiCan leader you’re always a superstar,’’ she said.
Winning duo: Waikato KiwiCan leaders, Jayleb Dean, left, and, Maine Nooroa, got outstanding leader awards for their work with the programme at the Foundation for Youth Development Excellence Awards.