Youth council contributions recognised

Taylar AmoniniNorth West Telegraph

Staff, volunteers and clients at the Youth Involvement Council are celebrating award nominations as the not-for-profit organisation and its chief executive moves on to the finals in the 2018 Community Services Excellence Awards.

Joining 31 outstanding candidates, YIC has been named a finalist in the Regional Organisation category while chief executive Vicki-Tree Stephens is named a finalist in the Excellence in Leadership category.

The awards recognise the work of organisations and individuals in the community services sector who have made a positive difference to people, families and communities through innovative and creative practice.

Ms Stephens said she was honoured and humbled for herself and on behalf of the entire organisation for the nominations.

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“I’ve seen myself and YIC grow, expand and improve over the years and I’ve seen hundreds of people come and go over the years and I want to thank every single one of them for their contribution because we wouldn’t be where we are today without the team, the board and even the clients,” she said.

“I welcome anyone into this organisation and if they can give me advice to help do things better then I’m more than happy to take it on, consider it and implement it if I agree with them.”

The nomination was submitted by a board member of YIC who originally based the nomination on the organisations Deadly Hearts program.

Ms Stephens and YIC also join Bloodwood Tree, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and Newman Women’s Centre’s Maggie Lewis as Pilbara finalists in the awards.

The winners of each category will be announced on May 2 at an evening event at Perth Convention Centre.

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