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Volunteer South Youth Leader Award

By Staff | Posted: Wednesday October 20, 2021

The Youth Leader Award is for senior high school students who have shown leadership, voluntary service and commitment to their schools and wider community.

There were four finalists in this category, two of them being Year 13 students at Kavanagh.

Enrique Garcia’s volunteer involvement over the years has included pool supervision at St Bernadette’s, stacking and delivering firewood for the Mercy Parish, coaching the Roslyn Wakari 6-8 year olds football teams, becoming a Buddy volunteer, running the school Breakfast Club, leader and team captain at six Edmund Rice camps, and organising the school’s “Shave for a Cure” event to raise $7000. For Enrique, volunteering brings connections with people from all walks of life, and he loves to contribute his time and talents to bringing a stronger sense of community to everyone.

Hailey Xavier highly values justice and community, and this has been reflected in her volunteering efforts for her school and local community. She is highly active in environmental activism and conservation projects, and was a leader to organise her school’s first pride week. She has been a Youth Councillor for two years in which she was able to chair the Race Relations, Elections, Mental Health, and sat on the Pride, Smoke-Vapefree, Arts festival, and Ten Year Plan committees.

Congratulations to Enrique for being a joint winner with another finalist Archie Dunn from John McGlashan College.