Vinnies ACT Youth Representative Kate Barton was acknowledged at the ACT government’s Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards on 31 March.
She received the Individual Community Service Award.
A law student at the ANU, Kate has been a volunteer and member of Vinnies for seven years. She is also a swimming teacher, and has been involved with summer camp programs in the United States.
Her exceptional work with the St Vincent de Paul Youth Program has helped hundreds of vulnerable children and young people.
‘The children are often traumatised through family histories of abuse and neglect, and have trouble trusting adults and forming positive connections,’ Sarah Clifton, Director of Youth and Young Adults at the Society’s Canberra Goulburn office, said.
‘Kate is a gentle person who provides the structure and boundaries that children need to feel safe. She encourages them all to try their best and to aim high.’
The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards marked the start of National Youth Week celebrations in the ACT.
Nominees include young people aged 12-25 years, who have achieved extraordinary personal achievements and made a significant contribution to the community.
Image caption (top of page): 2017 ACT Junior Volunteer of the Year, Kate Barton (right) with 2017 ACT Senior Volunteer of the Year, Linda Barry (left).