Neve Guilfoile took part in the YMCA Youth Parliament where she claimed the award for the person considered most improved throughout the program.
�Public speaking in general is quite a daunting experience for me,� she said.
�I mostly overcame the fear because I realised I was representing Cockburn and I had the chance to voice my opinions and to be actively involved in important issues in Parliament.�
Neve (15) has contributed to the community for a number of years, having started at the age of 12 at a local vet clinic.
Her long-term goal is to run youth programs and camps where people can gain skills in a safe environment.
Last week she spent time with Ms Parke, talking about schooling plans and activities that will prepare her to be an effective campaigner in the mental health and disability sectors.
�I think it is too often assumed that young people these days are self-absorbed and not interested in politics when there�s plenty of evidence to the contrary,� Ms Parke said.
�I am really impressed to see that Neve is full of energy and dedication when it comes to helping people who are less fortunate, even if it means overcoming challenges.�