- Nine inspirational young people and organisations win 2018 WA Youth Awards
- Almost 100 young people and youth groups nominated across a range of categories
- Award night celebrated 20-year anniversary of achievement by WA's youth
Using his artwork as a platform to share knowledge and educate others about Aboriginal culture, 25-year-old artist Kamsani (Kam) Bin-Salleh was selected as Western Australia's Young Person of the Year during the annual awards ceremony tonight.
Kam joined six other outstanding young people from across WA as category winners in the awards which attracted almost 100 nominations, and celebrated their 20th anniversary.
The Cottesloe-based artist is involved with the ICEA Foundation and runs numerous school art programs across Perth. He is also director of the 2018 Kambarang festival which offers meaningful interaction with Noongar culture.
Other winning entrants in the WA Youth Awards included 12-year-old Scott Guerini from Alkimos whose passion for helping others raised more than $145,000 for Telethon; 24-year-old Aboriginal educational officer Dale Rollason from Broome; and 25-year-old disability rights campaigner Drisana Levitzke-Gray from Balga.
Youth Minister Peter Tinley congratulated all the winners for their outstanding contributions to the community and acknowledged the calibre of this year's award nominees.
The WA Youth Awards, a partnership between the Department of Communities and the Youth Affairs Council of WA, supported by Lotterywest, celebrate the achievements and contributions of young Western Australians and groups that support WA youth.
The Town of Bassendean Youth Services' Regional Youth Driving Education (RYDE) program was singled out for its outstanding work, winning the large organisation award.
RYDE links volunteer driving mentors and young people to improve young people's driving ability, and reach the required 50 hours of driving experience required to obtain their licence.
The program overcomes the disadvantage faced by those without experienced driver mentors or families without access to a vehicle or finances to complete the required hours of driving experience.
For more information, visit https://www.yacwa.org.au/major-events/wa-youth-awards-2018
Comments attributed to Youth Minister Peter Tinley:
"The WA Youth Awards recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people across WA who take that extra step and make their own unique contribution to society.
"As usual, I was astounded by the quality of entries in this year's awards and proud of these young people's industry, dedication, passion and positive action.
"These outstanding individuals recognised by the WA Youth Awards are among the most inspirational in their respective peer groups.
"Selection as a category winner in the WA Youth Awards illustrates a strong desire for improving the community, helping others and developing innovative approaches to achieve a better future."
Minister's office - 6552 5300
Awards and winners
The Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award - Scott Guerini, 12, Alkimos
The ECU Community Leadership Award - Drisana Levitzke-Gray, 25, Balga
The Hope Community Services Positive Achievement Award - Dale Rollason, 24, Broome
The Life Without Barriers Organisational Achievement Award - Small, Youth Disability Advocacy Network
The Minister for Youth's Most Outstanding Youth Worker Award - Jessica Vati, 42, Mandurah
The Mission Australia Cultural Endeavours Award - Kamsani (Kam) Bin-Salleh, 25, Cottesloe
The RAC Innovation for Sustainable Future Award - Bella Burgemeister, 12, Dalyellup
The YMCA Organisational Achievement Award - Large - Town of Bassendean Youth Services, RYDE Program.
The Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award - Lindsay Brennan, 23, employed by 6PR/ECU