City of Maroondah Australia Day Awards Ceremony
Young Citizen of the Year – Georgia Read
Young Citizen of the Year was awarded to Georgia Read, for her significant contribution as an ambassador and volunteer in the areas of cyber safety, mental health, disability, gender acceptance and childcare. Georgia continues to make significant contributions to, not only Ringwood Secondary College (RSC), but the wider Maroondah community. Within the context of the RSC community Georgia has supported and instructed junior students on cyber safety and she chairs weekly meetings of ‘leads stand out’, and has also supported the RSC Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival. Georgia has also volunteered at Interchange Outer East where she supports young people with disabilities. She runs activities for Glue Zone, a weekly program designed to encourage all students to socialise with their peers and assists in the development of the Maroondah Youth Service program SAGAA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance Alliance) and she is a member of the New Community Church where she volunteers as a childcare and disability worker.
Below is the citation from Maroondah Mayor, Cr Nora Lamont:
“Georgia has received many awards honouring her achievements, including a Maroondah Youth Award in 2016 for her work in campaigning against homophobia in schools. This year Georgia will also become Ringwood Secondary College’s inaugural Wellbeing Ambassador, a position created specifically to recognise Georgia’s hard work in this area over the past five years,” Cr Lamont said.
Community Event of the Year – Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival
The Ringwood Secondary College Bounce into Mental Health Day Carnival increased awareness of support services available through the school, the local community and those available online and via phone that can be accessed by young people. The event recognised and acknowledged the differences in students cultures, beliefs and religions and celebrated the differences through information sharing, stalls and activities.
Special thanks to Phoebe Roach for accepting this award on behalf of Ringwood Secondary College.