Kirsten Parker Youth Engagement Officer was awarded the top prize in her category taking home the award for the Mission Australia Regional Youth Worker 2019. Furthermore, the Shire’s Coordinator Youth Services Kaitlyn Berry received a commendation as Emerging Leader of the Year for her outstanding service and dedication to the young people of Newman at the 2019 Local Government Professionals WA Honour Awards.
“Working in Youth Services is often considered a challenging service delivery environment yet Kirsten and Kaitlyn have shown time and time again that they both have a gift when serving, helping and understanding the young people of Newman,’ said Shire President Lynne Craigie OAM.
“To be acknowledged at this level by the Local Government Professionals WA Honour Awards and Youth Work WA readily highlights the superior quality of the service of our youth workers and this is a wonderful thing for our children,” she said.
Ms. Parker and Ms. Berry were both acknowledged for their excellent work with the young people at Newman Youth Centre. The Centre provides a safe place for young people, some who are often described as those most disengaged with school, or at greatest risk.