Western Chances alumni receives Premier’s top volunteering honour

Posted: Sat, 11th February 2017 | Written by: The Team at Western Chances

Western Chances Alumni and board member Celia Tran has been awarded the highest possible honour possible as part the Premier’s Volunteer Champions awards in 2016. Celia won the Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch award –for her work with young people and multi-cultural affairs.

Western Chances alumni receives Premier’s top volunteering honour

Celia, who joined the Western Chances Board in 2016 as one of its first alumni members, received her award at a ceremony held at Parliament House in December, 2016.

She was recognised as “an inspirational young person who provides leadership across various causes and organisations supporting multicultural youth, refugees and asylum seekers, and disadvantaged youth in Melbourne’s west."

Each year the winner of the top award receives $10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice. We are overjoyed that Celia chose Western Chances as her recipient.

Said Celia: “I couldn't have chosen a better organisation to donate it to”.

This award is just one in a long list of achievements for Celia who has worked tirelessly over the years to support young people from multicultural backgrounds. As well as her position on the board at Western Chances, Celia;

• is the Victorian Ambassador for the Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network Australia;
• Has a role at the Capital City Local Learning & Employment Network, helping to build collaborative relationships that help deliver positive change for young people; and
• Spent two years with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre with their Youth Empowerment Program, Young Women’s Program and youth volunteers.

Thank you, Celia, for your generous donation and congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the Premier’s Volunteer Champion Awards.

You can read more about the awards here.

Image courtesy the Office of the Premier

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