Youthful 'go-getter'

TEENAGER Kaila Wilson has been described as a "community go-getter"!

The 16-year-old's remarkable ability to make an extensive contribution to the Cohuna community whilst also juggling school and three part-time jobs as earned her the 2019 Gannawarra Young Citizen of the Year award.

She is particularly passionate about helping young people to connect with each other, and assisting them to look after their physical and mental health and well-being and was described as an inspiration to people in her community.

About to enter year 11 studies, Kaila has already spent four years as a member of the Student Representative Council at Cohuna Secondary College, helping to organise and conduct a variety of fund-raising initiatives.

She also helps plan events for young people to enjoy entertainment in a drug, alcohol and smoke-free environment through her involvement with the Cohuna FReeZA group, where she serves on the committee.

Kaila explained how she manages to fit so much into her life and make such a strong contribution to the Cohuna community after accepting the award from the mayor, Cr Lorraine Learmonth.

"I've just had to learn to be able to have the time for everything, like I have to fit it in or it's just not going to get done."

She acknowledges that accomplishing everything she wants to achieve requires excellent organisation.

Kaila was one of three nominations for the Young Citizen of the Year.

Lake Charm resident, Carmen Baulch was nominated for her ability to represent youth, ensuring young voices are heard. She was one of two key drivers of the 'Warra Youth Arts Festival and she played a key role in the preparation and presentation of the Beyond the Battle audiovisual that was launched on Remembrance Day. 

Her involvement with Mystic Melodies entailed welcoming people of all ages to come together and create music.

Tayla Champion received her nomination due to her involvement in hockey and the arts. She was a member of the youth support FReeZA committee for three years and assisted with the Live Light production that occurred this week. 

She not only plays hockey, but also umpires and coaches in the Loddon Murray Hockey Association, helping provide others with the chance to play hockey locally. 

Tayla is also a member of the Golden Rivers Theatre Group, scoring the lead role in its 2018 production and she has sung at New Year's Eve and Australia Day celebrations, including performing alongside local singing exports Pete Williamson and Marty Worrall.

Carmen and Tayla were unable to attend the civic reception this week.

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