Kwinana resident Stephanie Beaumont has been named WA’s Young Leader of the Year at the Next Gen Awards 2023. Ms Beaumont was awarded the title at the awards night on November 1 at Curtin University. The Year 12 graduate was head girl at Peter Carnley Anglican Community School, where she served on the school council and as peer support leader. The high achiever has a Silver Duke of Edinburgh award, is an ambassador for Anglicare and the chair of the Kwinana youth advisory council, which gives advice to the City of Kwinana and is involved in events and activities focused on young people. Ms Beaumont said receiving the award, designated for a student with strong leadership qualities who has made a significant impact on their community, was a “huge honour”. “There were so many inspiring finalists who do incredible work,” she said. “Being able to talk with and meet so many young people was such an opportunity because Next Gen has kept us in contact with each other. “There are also scholarships with mentoring opportunities linking us with industry specialists.” Mayor Peter Feasey said Kwinana was well-represented at the awards. “In addition to Steph’s win, Belle Cardew, who is active in the community particularly in Wellard, was also a finalist for the same award, and Felix Abbott was named Young Innovator of the year,” he said.