On Friday 21 September, I was delighted to make my way into Government House and join Year 12 student, Cooper Bennett, and his family, and proudly see Cooper receive the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award. Awarded to Senior students, these impressive young women and men are nominated for their exemplary service (which takes many forms) to their communities, whether they be local, national, or even international. The A ward is conducted annually by the NSW Branch of the Order of Australia Association.
The Awards were presented by the Governor of NSW, His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’ d). He spoke with great affirmation and encouragement as we heard the inspiring efforts and stories of 25 young NSW people.
Congratulations and well done Cooper-we are all pleased for and proud of you and your service, at SCCVC and well beyond.
The following citation was read at the ceremony:
“Cooper is a Year 12 student at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood. He is an eager, energetic and passionate young man who gives enthusiastically and generously of his time and expertise across many areas. He was recognised as a Year 12 College Leader in 2017 and subsequently awarded the Georges River Council Young Citizen of the Year for 2018. He volunteers across a range of community service areas, including the SES and Air Force Cadets, and as an enthusiastic leader in the SCCV College Hospitality Work Placement and Social Outreach programs. His effectiveness in these roles reflects his ability to communicate effectively with others across a wide range of ages and backgrounds, his commitment to teamwork and engagement of others in community service, all driven by a strong sense of justice and willingness to speak out and challenge inequality and injustice”.