- Delegation of 12 young people from Hong Kong in Perth until October 30
- International Youth Exchange Program is an initiative of the WA Government and Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region Government
Twelve young Western Australians will represent the State in Hong Kong this coming February as part of the International Youth Exchange Program (IYEP).
The delegates were chosen to represent Western Australia for demonstrating their willingness to go the extra mile for their communities.
The exchange program gives delegates opportunities to better understand different cultures, build self-confidence and develop international friendships and networks as a base for their future education and career goals.
WA is currently hosting 12 delegates from Hong Kong who are visiting Perth until October 30. The Hong Kong delegates will be given a special presentation during a visit to State Parliament today (October 25).
The Hong Kong-Western Australia IYEP - now in its second year - is an initiative of the Western Australian Government and the Home Affairs Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region Government.
The State Government contributes $60,000 to the program.
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"I congratulate the 12 young Western Australians on their selection to travel to Hong Kong and act as ambassadors for WA, and I look forward to meeting their Hong Kong counterparts later today.
"I am confident the exchange program will offer experiences and perspectives that can be used by all the delegates to strengthen the foundations of their future education and career goals.
"The Hong Kong-Western Australia IYEP is a wonderful cross-cultural engagement initiative that is designed to nurture relations between WA and China, and I urge all the delegates to maximise the opportunities offered by visiting each other's countries."
Minister's office - 6552 5300
Western Australian delegates:
Tiahn Adler, 21, Coolbinia
Tiahn is a Commerce undergraduate at UWA whose passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and debating was fuelled by a visit to the Copenhagen Business School. Tiahn is interested in exploring the relationship between the economies of Hong Kong and Australia.
Sean Curran, 22, Inglewood
Sean studies International Relations and Japanese language at Curtin University. He has previously worked at the United States Consulate in Perth and anticipates the opportunity to develop relations between Australia and Hong Kong.
Kai Donaldson, 19, Kwinana
Kai studies global politics and policy at Murdoch University. Earlier this year he represented Murdoch University at the National Union of Students Conference in Brisbane. Through the IYEP he wants to expand his cultural knowledge and understanding of global affairs.
Cheyenne Eakin, 20, Byford
Cheyenne studies Social Work at Curtin University. She has a passion for youth work and social justice issues and also works with the mental health charity, Headspace.
Zoe Fitzgerald, 20, Como
Zoe volunteers as the WA director for Oaktree, a youth-run group that works to reduce extreme poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. She is keen to develop her international and local networks and to share her knowledge of Hong Kong and China with other young people in WA.
Brady Flockhart, 24, Merredin
Brady studies Commerce-Marketing at UWA. He is a director of Future Entrepreneurs at BloomLab and runs workshops on entrepreneurship with the Centre for Social Impact.
Conor McLaughlin, 19, South Perth
Conor studies Economics and Business Management at UWA. He works as a marketing consultant at St Catherine's College and founded 'Agents of Change' which teaches young people entrepreneurial skills.
Darci Miller, 24, Como
Darci studies Preventive Health (Marketing) at the University of Notre Dame. She is a passionate advocate for health promotion and is a winner of the Bachelor of Preventive Health Industry Practicum Award.
Alexa Morgan, 20, Kardinya
Alexa is a student of special needs education for primary school students. She is a volunteer youth consultant at the Create Foundation.
Gertrude Mortty, 21, Wilson
Gertrude migrated to WA from Ghana and currently studies biomedical science at Murdoch University. She also works part time as an assistant nurse at two Perth hospitals and mentors young people at the African Initiative Leadership Program.
Ziagul Sultani, 23, Katanning
Ziagul, originally from Afghanistan, is a community development officer at the Shire of Katanning and the WA Ambassador for the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network WA. She is a member of Katanning's Multicultural District Health Advisory Council.
Geraiyah Wiggan, 19, Djarindjin
Geraiyah, originally from Djarindjin north of Broome, currently lives in Perth and works as a technical assistant for a resources and energy organisation. She has previously worked as a teacher's assistant and in 2016 was named the top achieving indigenous student at Governor Stirling Senior High School.