To be nominated for the New Zealand Youth with Disability award is both a surprise and something I am very proud of.
I must admit, I don’t know much about New Zealand Youth Week or the various awards that celebrate young people’s giving back to their community, but to even be mentioned in the same breath is such an awesome, yet surprising, feeling in itself.
At 24 years of age, I am just under the age restriction to be nominated for an award given out during New Zealand Youth Week.
Timing? I guess so. The people who nominated me said they’d better throw my name in before I get too old.
But to be even in the conversation about receiving an award for giving back to the community is something that surprises me and makes me feel like I am on the right track in life.
In this case, and I hope, that I’ve given something to both the disabled community but also to aspects of general society.
To be recognised for this makes me feel very humble and quietly proud.
I am very passionate about giving back to the Disability Sector, simply because it has given a lot to me. In 24 years, disability has been a part of my life, and without the support of so many organisations, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
It is also worth mentioning how much of an asset these organisations have been for my parents as well, the advice and resources that were given helped immensely and it has given Mum and Dad a lot of good, realistic, and solid ideas that they can hopefully pass on to other families.
I am not trying to think too much about if I will win the award or not, because even to be nominated is amazing.
New Zealand Youth Week runs from May 21st – 29th.