COLAC and district’s new Young Ambassador has urged youths to pursue their dreams.
Colac Otway Shire Council has named Colac Secondary College student Brittnee Colbourne as the winner of shire’s Young Ambassador Award for 2011.
Brittnee, who lists her mother Julee-Ann Wellman as her most important role model, won the award for her community work and personal achievements as a youth leader.
“I want to keep encouraging the younger students, not only in my school but all over the shire, to pursue their dreams, and make a difference in the community,” Brittnee said.
Brittnee topped a list of 12 nominees from Trinity College, Colac Secondary College and Apollo Bay P-12 College.
The Year 12 student is her college’s school captain, a Year 12 leader, house captain, and the chairwoman of Colac Otway Shire Council’s Youth Council.
She has also volunteered at Colac’s Mercy Aged Care Centre for the past three years, along with other community activities while working part time.
She hopes to study nursing and midwifery.
Brittnee said she was honoured to receive the award, after first seeing a young ambassador award ceremony as a Year Nine student.
She said it was also “mind blowing” when she and Hillary Woodcroft were joint winners of the shire’s Young Citizen award earlier this year.
“To share that with Hillary was amazing.”
Brittnee encouraged younger people to aim high.
“Follow your dreams – if you do have a goal and passion, don’t give up,” she said.
“Keep to your dreams and they’ll come true in the end.”
Brittnee’s father Wayne said he was “very very proud” of his daughter.
“She’s always been kind and caring since she was a child.”
Mr Colbourne thanked the community for supporting Brittnee.
Mayor Brian Crook said Brittnee had a positive, hard-working attitude and showed pride in her school community.
“Brittnee’s outgoing personality and community spirit really struck a chord with the judging panel,” Cr Crook said.
He said judges were “extremely impressed” with the variety and depth of the areas in which the nominees excelled.
“I was particularly impressed with every young person’s level of social conscience and willingness to make a difference,” he said.
All nominees in Colac Otway Shire’s Young Ambassador Awards have an opportunity to attend a National Young Leaders Day in Melbourne later this year.