Page 5483 - Week 15 - Tuesday, 8 December 2009

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The excellence in research and evaluation award was won by the Institute of Child Protection Studies for a very important research project called “Who cares?” This was looking at young people and their experiences in living with a family member who had an alcohol or other drug issue. That was an incredibly important piece of research that was done by the institute.

We had the “Create your future” program by the Create Foundation ACT. And with the individual awards, there was Steve Byrne, who worked at the Youth Coalition when I was there. He is a youth worker of many years standing. I know that there were many, many people who very much agreed and applauded Steve getting the outstanding youth worker award.

Maryse Pietersz was awarded the new talent award in the youth sector. I met her at the “Gimme shelter” fundraising event that was held in the Albert Hall a few months ago. This was a fundraiser for young people who are homeless. It was given over to Barnardos. Maryse was one of the young people who managed to organise a highly successful event in only several weeks; there were many, many thousands of dollars handed over to Barnardos.

With the outstanding contribution award, there was a very important winner here, Carrie Fowlie, the Deputy Director of the Youth Coalition, who was my deputy director for many years. She was also a very popular winner at this year’s awards. She has made an incredible contribution, particularly in the last few months, in the area of alcohol and other drugs, in assisting the alcohol and other drugs sector to look at a number of issues such as establishing a peak organisation and also the important issues of how alcohol and other drugs intersect with mental health issues; what we call co-morbidity. So she was a well deserved winner there.

Finally there was the lifetime achievement award, which went to Andy Miles. Andy is known as a bit of a legend out there in the youth sector. He has been a youth worker of many, many years standing, working through the Barnardos transition program, which supports young people into long-term housing. Andy again was a very popular winner. It was a well-deserved win; I do congratulate him for getting that lifetime achievement award.

It was a great morning. There were many people there. It was a fantastic day. Congratulations to Youth Coalition.

Yogie awards

Nativity story

Australian Hungarian Cultural Convention

MR DOSZPOT (Brindabella) (3.54): I echo Ms Hunter’s comments. I was at the Yogie award night as well and I very much respect the work done by the Youth Coalition and the awarding of the Yogie awards.

On Friday, 27 November, I had the pleasant task to join Fusion Australia and the children from Trinity Christian school in the celebration and re-enactment of the nativity story. The story of this simple, poor family, Joseph and Mary, as they make

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