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Recognition for champion of many causesPosted in Achievements on Monday, 10 December, 2018

Year 11 student, Jamie-Anne Madigan has been named Alcoa Peel 2018 Youth Volunteer of the Year.

Jamie-Anne was presented with the award at a civic reception on Thursday by Mandurah MLA, David Templeman, who described her as “a natural leader not affected by peer pressure”.

“She was nominated by the College as an excellent role model, motivated by values of compassion, service to others and humility. She takes part in a variety of sport, achieves academically and is a very hard worker and foundation member of the Social Justice Committee – created because she felt is was something the College needed to promote social justice issues,” said Mr Templeman.

Jamie-Anne is a keen advocate for environmental causes and social justice issues, the most publicised being her commitment to changing people’s attitudes towards plastics waste.

Jamie-Anne presented to the College’s Year 6 classes on sustainability and the detrimental effects of plastics waste in the world’s oceans. A similar presentation to a local primary school saw hundreds of plastic bags being traded for reusable bags by students. In 2018, she also attended the United Nations Western Australia State Conference ‘Building Sustainable Futures’ and presented to Mandurah City Council on climate change with fellow members of the College’s Social Justice Committee. As a ‘Heal Peel’  ambassador, Jamie-Anne delivered a speech at the Mandurah Heritage and Environmental Convention, participated in Beach Clean Up Day, conducted an Environmental Cruise to educate local high school students on marine plastics waste and was stall manager at the Mandurah Stretch Festival, educating young children on the same topic. She is also involved with the Peel Harvey Catchment Council.

The list of local community groups and organisations which Jamie-Anne  (pictured with acting Deputy of Pastoral Care, Mrs Louise Merry and VET coordinator, Mrs Michelle Lucas) is involved in reads like a ‘who’s who’ of causes and campaigns.

Her leadership qualities have seen her gain prominence on many committees and in many events:  

  • Magic Moments Youth Leadership and Business Summit – Sydney
  • Making Waves youth forum planning and Youth Advisory Council
  • Youth on leadership program mentor
  • Fortnightly meetings for Youth On Leadership – ‘Heal Peel’ campaign planning
  • Mandurah Youth Development sessions with local schools
  • Youth on Health Festival – backstage manager and MC
  • Youth on Leadership Trek
  • Lakelands Youth Hackathon – Building Stronger Communities
  • Catholic Youth Summit – Notre Dame University
  • Youth Advisory Council Australia – Youth Summit
  • YMCA festival – Marketing Committee and event planner

Jamie-Anne is also passionate about tackling mental health issues and was a keen participant in the Peel Youth Mental Health Forum. She is a Headspace Youth Consultant and Orygen Youth Health (OYH, University of Melbourne) self harm prevention consultant.

Her community volunteering includes:

  • Peel Volunteer Centre – working with students with disabilities
  • Make Place – painting a community mural
  • Mandurah Matters Campaign Ambassador
  • UWA Aspire program
  • Z-Preneur mentor – encouraging entrepreneurship for young people
  • Silicon Valley – educating on entrepreneurship
  • Riding for the Disabled Association
  • Mandurah Wearable Arts shows – Backstage manager
  • Tackling Leukaemia for Liam

Jamie-Anne was a most deserving recipient of the Father James Wall Bursary early this year and was nominated for  Zonta’s Young Woman of Peel.

2019 will undoubtedly be even busier for Jamie-Anne as she takes on the role of  2019 College Head Girl.

Congratulations Jamie-Anne on your well deserved award!