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Western Australia Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Peter Collier

Aboriginal Students Shine At NAIDOC Awards

Victor P Taffa

  • Outstanding achievements of Perth’s indigenous people recognised at awards
  • Dylan Collard named Male Youth of the Year
  • Kelsi Forrest named Female Youth of the Year

Two 20-year-old Aboriginal law students have been recognised for their contributions to the community at the 2013 NAIDOC Perth Awards.

Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier congratulated Dylan Collard on taking out the Male Youth of the Year award and Kelsi Forrest for winning the Female Youth of the Year award at a ceremony held last night.

“These two young people are bright, inspiring, committed and destined to become leaders in our community.” Mr. Collier said.

“Aside from their commitment to study, they have found both the time and the inclination to involve themselves in community service and are passionate about improving the lives of Aboriginal people across the State.”

Mr. Collard is a Whadjuk-Ballardong man from Perth and is in his third year of studying a double law arts degree (Political Science and International Relations).

The Minister said Mr. Collard was an excellent role model for young people and the wider community.

Kelsi Forrest is a Noongar woman currently in her third year of a law and politics degree at The University of Western Australia.

She is co-founder of ‘iAmtheOther’, a student-run organisation that aims to bridge the social divide between indigenous and non-indigenous people by building mutually respectful relationships.

Mr. Collier said the awards acknowledged the contribution to the community by Aboriginal people.

Fact File

  • The State Government, through the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, sponsored the Male Youth of the Year and Female Youth of the Year categories
  • Awards honour outstanding achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals, organisations and businesses in Perth
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