Moyne Australia Day Shire Awards

Congratulations to Emily Huglin, our senior school vice captain of 2011, who was named “Young Citizen of the Year” for the Moyne Shire,  in today’s Australia Day Ceremony at Yambuk. It was a proud moment for Emily and reflects the wide and active involvement in our local community and beyond into the global community. Following is the impressive speech that Emily made to the large assemby gathered in the hall for the Moyne Shire Council’s Australia Day Celebrations.

Everything I have done; everything I have achieved; it has all come down to the desire to make a difference to the world.

I have recently been on a leadership camp at Cave Hill Creek for the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust Leadership program, this past week and one thing that stood out for me is that ‘we must be the change we wish to see in the world.’ I think this sums up myself entirely. For there to be change we ourselves must lead by example. To succeed we must turn out problems into challenges and face them with an eagerness rather than run away.

I have this desire to help other people, especially those less fortunate than myself. It is with this desire, this vision and intent that I have found a passionate drive to make a change in the world – no matter  how young or old you are that you too can make a difference. You don’t have to be a Prime Minister  or be the one that finds the cure to a disease but you can be the one that simply listens to a friend for you ARE making a difference. It is this awareness and recognition of small things having the ability to lead to bigger things that will bring about change.

Travelling overseas has allowed me to gain an understanding of other people in the world – no matter their culture or race. These experiences have opened my eyes and shown me how lucky I am to have the life I lead. I have taken it with both hands  and tried not to take everything I have for granted and tried my hardest at every opportunity I am given.

Many of my achievements are about how I can help my community as they have helped me throughout my childhood, it has been a chance to give back. I am lucky to have such great support and a loving family which has allowed me to try and experience everything I have so far n life. They have shown me a great deal of love and support and I want to return the favour and help my community and I want to return the favour and help my community – both local in Australia and around the world.

Thank you to the Moyne Shire and the Yambuk community for hosting another great Australia Day breakfast and celebration and good luck to everyone for the rest of 2012.

Congratulations are also in order to HADDAC – the Hawkesdale Action Development Group who also won an award for the Moyne Shire Community Event of the Year. This was awarded for the Hawkesdale 150th Celebration.