PROUD Wiradjuri woman, Dhani Gilbert was tonight (April 13) awarded the 2018 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Award for her community work, academic pursuits and advocacy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Minister for Disability, Children and Youth Rachel Stephen-Smith says Ms Gilbert is an exceptional role model in our community, who values her connection to country and is passionate about environmental science.
“Ms Gilbert’s achievements reflect the incredible work, energy, and passion of the ACT’s young people. I have no doubt that Dhani will be a fantastic Young Canberra Citizen of the Year and will become a role model for even more people in our community,” she says.
Ms Gilbert has participated and volunteered at many Aboriginal community events, the ACT Cancer Council’s Relay for Life event, and provided peer support to other young people who have had a family member diagnosed with cancer.
Shay-Leigh Willis was presented the Personal Achievement Award for advocating for young people who identify as a member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer community.
Shay also works tirelessly to listen to the voices of children and young people involved in the care and protection systems.
The award for Individual Community Service was given to Maddie Diamond, who is the founder of Trash Mob, a clean-up initiative that aims to create a cleaner, greener environment for all Canberrans.
And, the Group Achievement Award went to social enterprise Jasiri Australia, which contributes to the ACT community through fundraising for children and women living in emergency accommodation, connecting marginalised young women to local politicians and developing skills-based programs to help women feel safe and secure in the community.
At the awards Ms Stephen-Smith congratulated all the winners and nominees saying it was an honour to attend the Awards and meet so many young Canberrans achieving so much for our community.
The Young Canberra Citizen of the Year Awards marks the official launch of ACT Youth Week.