Date: Wednesday, 11 April 2018
Wellard woman Sara Shengeb’s selfless work in the community continues to be recognised, with the 23-year-old announced as a finalist in the Catholic Education WA Young Leadership Award.
As reported in the Telegraph last year, Ms Shengeb arrived in Australia as a political refugee from Eritrea five years ago.
In that time she has dedicated herself to improving the community in which she lives through a number of initiatives. Ms Shengeb is a strong advocate of community development and human rights, and co-ordinates the Catalyst Youth Summit and ShoutOut programs for young refugees and migrants.
Her work also made her a finalist for the 2016 Australian Young People’s Human Rights Medal.
Most recently, Ms Shengeb has been the co-ordinator of the Hong Kong Youth Exchange Program in which young leaders go on an international trip.
Ms Shengeb said she was honoured to be named as a finalist in the Catholic Education Awards.
“I was not expecting it but it was a pleasant surprise,” she said.
“I’m glad because it helps get the stories out of what young people from my background are doing.
“I am an active citizen and I feel passionate about giving back to the community, not only because it helps other people but it has helped me find my place in the community — a lot of young people struggle with that.”