We are really proud of one of our members, Petra Jellyman, who won a Ministry of Youth Development national youth award for Volunteering recently!
Petra has been part of our Youth Council since 2013 and has held the role of Chairperson and Secretary in the past.
Petra is one of those people who gives up heaps of time to make things happen for other people. She also volunteers with GirlGuiding NZ as a Ranger in Leadership and is part of their Ranger Advocacy Panel, a national panel of 9 girls who advise GirlGuiding on what advocacy initiatives the organisation should focus on. Petra has volunteered for the Community Meal for a couple of years in the past and also volunteers at school - Head Librarian, Prefect, Peer Supporter and part of a group running a weekly club for year 7/8's.
Phew - with all that time given to others, it is not surprising to us to see Petra recognised nationally for her mahi!
Petra was presented her award at the Beehive by the Minister for Youth, Peeni Henare.
“Aotearoa is incredibly lucky to have such a diverse group of young people working hard to make our country a better place. The recipients of this year’s Awards have achieved so much and contributed to their communities in many ways. I believe that recognising positive actions taken by young people is one of my most important roles as the Minister for Youth,” Peeni Henare said.
The awards recognised 14 recipients across 7 categories.