Glenorchy young achievers in league of their own

THE contribution of young people to their local communities was celebrated at the end of 2015 at the annual Junior Neighbourhood Support Program Awards.

Sixty-nine students representing 13 primary schools throughout the Glenorchy municipality were recognised for their work in helping others and demonstrating community values throughout the year.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said she was impressed by the calibre of the nominated students.

“It is truly heart-warming to see how proud these young people are of their achievements and the support they receive from their families and school communities,” she said.

The Junior Neighbourhood Support Program Awards have been running for eight years and are conducted with support from the Glenorchy Safer Communities Committee, Tasmania Police, Moonah Rotary and Glenorchy City Council.

Around 300 family and friends attended the ceremony at Guilford Young College where the awards were presented by Mayor Johnston, Glenorchy Police Sergeant Chris Hey, Glenyse Russell, from Moonah Rotary, Alderman Jan Dunsby, Alderman David Pearce, and Willie Joseph and Lisa Rudd, from Glenorchy City Council.

Primary schools were asked to nominate students for the awards, and a citation listing their achievements was read out as each student was presented with their certificate.

Collinsvale Primary School award winner Connor Moody was recognised for “exemplifying caring for others and caring for self-expectations, for being a very kind student who always shows concern when others are unhappy or hurt and for his eagerness to congratulate a job well done”.

Connor was also commended for having “fantastic manners and being very courteous to both his peers and adults within the school community”.

Mayor Johnston said a highlight of the 2015 awards was the presence of the League of Heroes who donated their time and energy to the event and set the tone for the award ceremony.

League of Heroes is a not-for-profit group comprising “everyday individuals” who dress as superheroes and heroines to support others.

“The League of Heroes’ presence was very appropriate as the community celebrated the efforts of our local young heroes – the 2015 award winners,” Mayor Johnston said.

The Junior Neighbourhood Support Program Awards will be held again this year.

Individuals, organisations and businesses interested in supporting the awards can contact Lisa Rudd from Safer Communities at Glenorchy City Council on telephone 6216 6800 or email lrudd@gcc.tas.gov.au

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