Bega Valley advocate for people with disability

JOINT Young Citizen of the Year Molly Campbell is a dedicated and diligent volunteer for a range of community organisations in the Bega Valley Shire.

Molly, 18, has just completed her Year 12 studies at Lumen Christi Catholic College, Pambula Beach.

Since starting school at Lumen in 2008, she has had a long-term involvement with the Pambula Surf Life Saving Club and the Sapphire Coast Concert Band, as well as being a passionate advocate for young people with disabilities.

An enthusiastic volunteer and a senior swim teacher for the surf club’s Special Nippers program since 2010, Molly was awarded the 2011-12 PSLC Community Volunteer of the Year award and named the 2010-11 Junior Lifesaver of the Year for PSLC.

She was also selected to attend the State Surf Lifesaving Association leadership camp that year.

In 2013, representing the Pambula-Merimbula Lions Club, Molly won the National Lions Youth of The Year Quest as well as the 2013 Lions Youth of the Year National Public Speaking Competition.

As the national winner of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest she recently visited New Zealand and hosted all state winners on a visit to her region here on the coast and in the mountains.

In 2012, Molly received the Order of Australian Association John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards certificate of commendation for service to the community.

This award, for which she was nominated by her school, was presented at NSW Government House by Governor Marie Bashir.

At the end of 2012, Molly received the “whole of school” all-rounder award and was awarded the Australian Defence Force Long Tan leadership and teamwork award in 2011.

During 2012 and 2013, Molly has received numerous Lumen Christi academic awards for English, Music, History and Extension Religion. In 2012, Molly gained both her Grade 8 AMEB Clarinet (with distinction) as well as her Grade 6 AMEB Piano award.

Molly completed her HSC last year and has just been accepted to do a double degree in Music and Law at ANU in Canberra with the goal of pursuing a career as either a human rights barrister specialising in disability advocacy or a music therapist.

She says she has also discovered a heartfelt passion for the teaching and development of young people with disabilities and plans to maintain her involvement for the rest of her life. 

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