Canterbury Youth Awards 2016

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The Canterbury Youth Awards will be held in The Foundry on Friday 24th June.

Several UC students are nominated for awards across the different categories:

Sean Ryan
Sean plays an active role in the Hurunui community and is held in high regard amongst his peers. He is the current chairperson of the Hurunui Youth Council and has been a member since 2014 and has made significant contributions to the Hurunui district. During his time on the HYC Sean has lead a winning electoral debate against local politicians, carried out district wide speed testing, established the HYP website, assisted in the organizing and running of district wide events and represented the HYC at regular Canterbury wide networking meetings. 

Ashley Stuart
Ashley is actively involved in United Nations Youth NZ at a University, regional, and national level. She has taken action to address an identified need in the community, to get youth involved in activities that address real-life issues internationally and locally.

Viane Makalio
Viane is an all round leader whether it be behind the scenes cooking or coordinating volunteers or from the front leading PYLAT workshops and inspiring young people. As well as representing PYLAT locally and nationally Viane is also a Pasifika Mentor and exec member of the Samoan Student’s Association at UC. 

Wesley Mauafu
Wesley is a member of PYLAT and has great insight into how to make youth engagement meaningful and fun. Wesley’s commitment to wellbeing has seen him take on roles for PYLAT including the representative on the Fanau Ola Canterbury Youth Sector providing support and advice to Pacific Trust Canterbury on how they can support young people better. Wesley also led the organisation of a PULSE – Pacific United to Lead Suicide Prevention, and was on Growing Pacific Solutions Youth Action Komiti organsing a conference on issues that Pacific young people face. On top of all this work Wesley is also a key advocate for his church community, leader in rugby, and Vice President of the Samoan Student’s Association. 

Josiah Tualamali’I
Josiah is a tireless advocate for the voices of Pasifika youth to be heard in decision-making. He makes young people feel valued, important and easily demystifies the decision making process for them. Josiah is involved in groups and boards including the U.S. Embassy Youth Council, Chairperson at PYLAT (Pacific Youth Leadership and Transformation) and is on the board of Le Va. He more often than not is giving his time voluntarily - whether it is coordinating training, writing a submission, or giving his knowledge and expertise at a meeting – Josiah is an upstanding member of his community.