Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Hon Andrea Mitchell BPE DipEd MLA

Former Minister for Mental Health; Child Protection

    Young people shine through early adversity

    31/03/2016 12:05 PM
    • 25 awards of up to $4,000 each for outstanding young people
    • 2016 Perth Airport Achiever Awards recognise resilient young people making changes in their lives 

    Twenty-five young people who have overcome adversity to pursue their dreams were today recognised with Perth Airport Achiever Awards.


    Child Protection Minister Andrea Mitchell said the Perth Airport Achiever Awards provided up to $4,000 each to young people aged 15 to 25 who had been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support to help them with further education and training.


    "What inspires me about these young people is seeing the growth, resilience and positive changes they are making in their lives," Ms Mitchell said.


    "They have grown into determined and responsible young men and women who want to become role models within their own community.


    "I congratulate all of the winners and have no doubt they will do well in their studies and training."


    The Ida Curtois Inspiration Award, which recognises a young person who has made an important contribution to the community, was awarded to 17-year-old Desmond Farrell.


    Desmond, who is currently completing the Aboriginal Orientation Course at The University of Western Australia, received an extra $1,000 for his strong leadership role in raising awareness about Aboriginal culture and making a positive impact in the wider community.


    Perth Airport's Executive General Manager Corporate Affairs, Fiona Lander said Perth Airport was proud to be associated with the achiever awards and to continue its support for the seventh consecutive year.


    "These awards recognise young people who have overcome adversity to lead positive and productive lives," she said.


    "They are an inspiration to us all."


    Fact File

    • Winners were announced at a presentation event at Perth City Farm, East Perth
    • The achiever awards are supported by Perth Airport, Central Institute of Technology, Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Foster Care Association of Western Australia (Inc), Murdoch University, Polytechnic West, RTRfm 92.1, Scitech and The University of Notre Dame Australia
    • Since 2010, nearly $300,000 in prize money has been awarded to 185 young people who have been in the care of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support
    • This year, about $40,000 will be awarded to 25 young people
    • For more information, visit http://www.cpfs.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5400