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Maningrida's very own young achiever award winner

16 April 2019

Maningrida’s very won has been recognised for her outstanding leadership skills amongst youth at the 2019 Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards.
The winners were announced on Friday 5th April at SKYCITY Darwin, in front of an audience of over 450 people, with Philamena taking the Minister for Territory Families Excellence in Youth Leadership Award.
Philamena McKenzie, 22 of Stuart Park demonstrates brilliance in youth leadership. As a member of the Indigenous Community of Maningrida, she is passionate about supporting local youth. She works at Great Youths Services to deliver programs supporting the health, education, wellbeing and leadership skills of young remote Indigenous youth. 
Philamena is a non-clinical sexual health educator, coordinator of the Gin-Derta Strong Young Women’s Program and the Youth Leadership Committee, and senior youth worker. 
She was also a co-director at the Lurra Festival. To broaden her knowledge and experience, Philamena participated in a 3-month self-funded volunteer program at an orphanage in Fiji.
Philamena also worked in sport and recreation with West Arnhem Regional Council in Gunbalanya.
 The Northern Territory Young Achiever Awards were created in 1994, with the purpose of acknowledging, encouraging and most importantly promoting the positive achievements of young Territorians up to and including 29 years of age. The awards are an opportunity to demonstrate their achievements and showcase the recipients as role models within the community.