Young lead­ers recog­nised

The Tribune (NZ) - - GARDENING - GE­OR­GIA FORRESTER

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.

WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

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.

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