Youth worker’s passion rewarded

David SalvaireSound Telegraph
City of Kwinana youth engagement officer Tanya Halliday.
Camera IconCity of Kwinana youth engagement officer Tanya Halliday. Credit: David Salvaire

City of Kwinana youth engagement officer Tanya Halliday has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the community with a 2017 WA Youth Work Award.

The Orelia resident received the Youth Futures WA Emerging Youth Worker Award at a special ceremony at the Court Hotel last week.

Ms Halliday said she was extremely passionate about her work in case management, community outreach and indigenous engagement.

“A lot of the kids I work with have complex needs, so building lasting relationships in the community is a really important part of my job in order to engage more young people,” she said.

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“I do this work because I love it, not for the awards — but it’s obviously a big honour.”

Ms Halliday has worked on a number of City of Kwinana projects, including the new Edge Skatepark’s sculptures.

With more than 150 youth sector supporters in attendance, the awards night celebrated the positive impact that youth workers play in lives of young West Australians.

“Tanya’s empowering youth work practice and her unwavering positive attitude has helped to achieve amazing outcomes for Kwinana young people,” Youth Work WA chairwoman Dana Anderson said.

“Her commitment and passion to youth work and young people is highly commended.”

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