Young leaders recognised
Palmerston North’s young up-and-coming leaders have been recognised for their work in the youth sector.
Fourteen recipients walked away with awards at the Palmy Youth Network’s awards night.
The night was part of Youth Week, which runs from May 26 to June 4, and is about recognising the contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand.
Youth One Stop Shop director Trissel Eriksen said it was inspiring to celebrate and acknowledge people who help young people have a voice.
Youth Space worker Alan Dingley was given the making a difference award.
Dingley has been an advocate and supporter of young people for years.
He is passionate about suicide prevention and has been involved in the Hope Walk, as well as being an active member of the Kind Hearts Movement.
The up and coming award was given to Johnelle Hosking, who is a mentor in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters programme.
A range of awards were also given to community members, based around the theme of young people’s voices being heard.
Eriksen said the work of Ross Intermediate pupil Carly Atkins and youth leader Grace Tuisaua made the women standout as amazing community role models.
Atkins, 12, organised a ‘‘Park up Palmy’’ event in Palmerston North, after becoming concerned at the lack of respect and understanding for homeless people.
Tuisaua has been a youth leader at Revolve Youth Ministry for the past five years. The team there work with more than 60 young people every Friday night.
Award winners, from left, Jonathan Brandon, Craig Steed, Joanne Wilson, Remy WaldteufelIrvine, Heather Warren, Nick Wilson, Georgia Feekes (behind), Carly Atkins, Julia Panfylova, Harry Lilly, Johnelle Hosking, Alan Dingley (behind), Nikita Skipper and Grace Tuisaua.