Young Western Australians have been recognised for their contribution to society and personal developments as part of efforts to support and empower WA’s youth.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley formally recognised the efforts of 19 young Western Australians across high schools and universities in The Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award ceremony at Government House on Tuesday.
Recipients were recognised for their ability to learn a skill, improve their physical wellbeing, volunteer in the community, share in a team adventure and complete a residential project.
Residential projects included volunteering in India, Vietnam and Ethiopia and undertaking cultural exchanges, while developing new skills involved learning to drive, speak a language or learn a musical instrument.
Recipients needed to have already achieved the Bronze and Silver awards before they can apply for the Gold Award.
The Gold Award is the final level of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.
The Department of Communities has provided $132,091 for the WA Division of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards for 2017-18
Mr Tinley said the award winners were deserving of their achievements.
“I would like to congratulate the 19 young people who have worked tirelessly and given so much to their community over the past 12 months to gain their Gold Award,” he said.
“These young people are a great asset to our community and should be proud of their achievements and contributions.”
He said the award gave young people the support to develop.
“Youth development initiatives, such as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program, offer wonderful opportunities to empower, nurture and support our young people as they become adults,” Mr Tinley said.
“The lives of young people are enriched by the opportunities offered by The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award to develop and participate in recreational, cultural, artistic and sporting activities.”