Our youth shine at Forbes' 2019 Youth Week Awards

Regional youth volunteer of the year and MC Elise Dukes, Emily Jack, Mayor Phyllis Miller, Jamie Mitton, Tom Toohey and Business Chamber president Marg Duggan.
Regional youth volunteer of the year and MC Elise Dukes, Emily Jack, Mayor Phyllis Miller, Jamie Mitton, Tom Toohey and Business Chamber president Marg Duggan.

Young people who give their time to charity, sport and the arts have been recognised in this year's Forbes Youth Week Awards.

Red Bend Catholic College student Jamie Mitton was awarded Forbes' Youth Citizenship Award on Saturday, as part of Forbes Shire Council-hosted celebrations by Lake Forbes.

Jamie was recognised for her work both within and outside her school, her academic achievements and community contribution, the award citation from Forbes Shire Council said.

Jamie has led college debating and tennis teams as well as the peer support program.

Academically, she has been awarded dux from years 7 to 11, she has also participated in the Marist Awareness Program at Mount Druitt and the service day at Jemalong Residential Village.

Jamie is a regular volunteer with St Vincent de Paul and serves with the St Laurence's Parish Youth Mass planning committee.

Our current district Lions Youth of the Year, she has been involved throughout her school life in public speaking and debating.

Talented dancer Emily Jack was awarded the highly commended Youth Citizen Award for her work with and through Kristen's Dance Studio.

Emily is involved with many aspects of the dance school including teaching, fundraising and eisteddfods, also volunteering to help run the Forbes eisteddfod.

A crazy sock week she organised at the studio raised $500 for Dance Ability Australia, which aims to enrich the lives of children and adults with intellectual or physical disabilities through dance and music.

Rugby league player and coach Tom Toohey was awarded the Sports Volunteer Award.

For the past five years Tom has helped with training sessions and on game days for younger players with Red Bend Rugby League.

"Tom referees multiple junior rugby league games at each home game ... he also finds time to volunteer at the club between his school studies, his own training and playing commitments," the award citation said.

"He is a role model to young children as he encourages them to play within the spirit of the game and with great sportsmanship."

Jake Hemming was announced the recipient of the Brighter Futures Award for 2019.

The full-time apprentice with B and D Redfern, not present on Saturday, was recognised for his continuous effort, quick learning and positive attitude.

He has completed his Certificate III and IV in carpentry.

"Jake is highly motivated and punctual, and travels long distances to TAFE on a fortnightly basis and to work," the award citation said.

"He shows enthusiasm towards his carpentry and is willing to give anything a go."