Chifley Celebrates Its Young Leaders

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Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic yesterday announced the winners of the second annual Chifley Young Leader Awards, as part of National Youth Week 2012.

The Chifley Young Leaders Awards – established by Mr Husic last year – recognise the positive contribution young people have made to the local community over the last year.

This year’s winners are:

  • Joint First Prize: Hanan Aziz, 17, of Mount Druitt – Domestic Violence as a Human Rights Issue;

  • Joint First Prize: Pascal Moussa 17,  of Whalan – Community Pride and the Media; and

  • Second Prize: Blake Fry, 18, of Hassall Grove – An Education Revolution through an Interactive Curriculum.


“As I move around the electorate, I’m filled with pride seeing what’s being achieved by young people out here – their talent and drive is inspiring,” Mr Husic said.

“I’d like to congratulate this year’s winners – Hanan, Pascal and Blake – for their strong sense of community spirit and their smart, thoughtful ideas on how to tackle the issues that matter to our local area.

“When people think of leaders, they tend to think on a global level. But more often than not, the leaders making a difference are the ones closer to home, thinking of better futures for their communities – like Hanan, Pascal and Blake.”

“The Chifley Young Leader Awards encourage young people to start thinking about issues that matter to them not just within school, but also outside the classroom and in the broader community,” Mr Husic said.

“The judges told me the entries we got this year were phenomenal – exploring ideas to tackle domestic violence, community pride, new media technologies for students, underage drinking and public transport solutions.

“Education was a big theme among our entrants – focusing on the value of education to cultivate learning and pave the way for future opportunities.”
The Chifley Young Leader Awards is just one of many events occurring around Australia for National Youth Week.

For more information about National Youth Week events and competitions, or to get involved, visit www.youthweek.com

Background Information

2012 Winners

Joint First Prize – Hanan Aziz: Hanan Aziz is a Year 12 student at the Australian Islamic College of Sydney in Mount Druitt. Hanan’s entry explored domestic violence as a human rights issue. The judges were particularly impressed with the passion put into Hanan’s entry, which opened with an expressive poem and delved into the effects of domestic violence on men and women alike.

Joint First Prize – Pascal Moussa: Pascal Moussa is a student at Loyola Senior High School. Pascal’s entry explored community pride and the media – critically thinking about how often the negative perception about an area is attributed to a postcode, and what can be done to celebrate diversity as a community.

Second Prize – Blake Fry: Blake recently completed Year 12 at Terra Sancta College. Blake’s entry explored how an education revolution could be built through an interactive curriculum where students can step into a teacher’s shoes for a day through peer-led programs. His practical ideas statement also included providing smaller classes and more options for school tutoring as a form of educational enrichment.

The Judges

  • Majidi Warda works with both the Mount Druitt Community Hub and Blacktown City Council. Majidi is a driving force behind the Burbs Festival and has worked hard to promote youth led activities for young people in the area.

  • Cassie Scerri is a youth worker at Ted Noffs Mount Druitt and runs multiple workshops in music and dance. She is also the 2012 Chifley Young Woman of the Year announced at the inaugural Coral Mclean Awards in March.


The Competition

  • Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic, established the Chifley Young Leader Awards in 2011 to showcase the talent, potential and achievements of young people in the Chifley electorate.

  • The competition is open to all high school students who attend a school or live in the Chifley electorate and have been also recognized for their community spirit and leadership qualities as their school’s SRC representative, for a special commitment to learning award or in areas such as debating and public speaking.

  • The competition encourages entrants to submit an ‘ideas statement’ via writing on what leadership means to them.

  • The first prize winners receive a 16GB iPad and the second prize winner receives a $200 education voucher.

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