Courageous Paige cooks up a new career

3 May 2023|Community News| Off Comments off on Courageous Paige cooks up a new career|

Tasmanian Young Achiever award finalist Paige Salter has overcome housing instability, mental health challenges and past trauma to pursue her dream of becoming a chef.

Now living independently in Goodwood, 19-year-old Paige has been named a finalist for the Colony 47 Courage to Grow Award, which will be announced at the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards gala dinner this month.

“I made the conscious decision to not give up on myself, despite all the hardships,” she said.

After finding herself homeless from ages 13 to 18 and dealing with the impacts of childhood trauma, Paige hit rock bottom in 2021.

“I felt like giving up, but I decided to complete a Certificate III in Tourism and Hospitality and undertook a work placement at Government House,” she said.

“I have always liked and enjoyed cooking and my work placement at Government House made me realise I was capable of achieving something.”

Paige is now completing her chef apprenticeship at BAKED Gluten Free in Moonah and hopes her journey inspires other young people to never give up.

“It’s never too late to change your life and the direction you are heading in,” she said.

“I thought my life was over but with the support of a few people and a want to change my life I have really turned everything around.

“My journey is still a work in progress but I am in a much better place than I was a year ago.”

The 2023 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards will be held at Wrest Point on Friday 12 May.

The awards began in 1989, designed to acknowledge, encourage and promote the positive achievements of young Tasmanians aged 30 and under. The awards celebrate their achievements across a diverse range of fields and encourage them to pursue their goals.

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