Let’s celebrate young people
Channel, Auckland, General News, 01 Nov 2018
On top of council work this month, I had the privilege to attend many events to support and celebrate young people in our community. I would like to acknowledge all the organisations and our schools that help empower and inspire children and young people across the Shore. I was the MC at the recent Graeme Dingle Foundation Excellence Awards. This incredible and inspirational evening recognised young people for their work, dedication, and personal success. The foundation works to empower young people to overcome obstacles by growing their confidence. I was particularly awed by the young man who won the Kiwi Tahi Achievement award. Many men in his family have been to prison yet, at just 11 years old, he spoke with strength and courage about his own future and the leader he wants to be.