A PASSION for international relations has led to Greenwood’s Rida Ahmed becoming a finalist in the WA Youth Awards.
The Pakistani-born 23-year-old has been nominated for the Community Leadership Award for her active involvement in community organisations.
Ms Ahmed helped to establish Perth-based group Pakistanis in Australia in 2011, has volunteered with Red Cross WA and Australian Youth Climate Coalition and was the youth vice-president of the Ethnic Communities Council of WA.
She was involved with several groups during her studies at UWA and was appointed convener for WA’s first international Model United Nations conference in July.
Ms Ahmed said she was surprised to be a finalist as she knew of many other young people doing great work in the community.
“It’s an absolute honour,” she said.
“We get a bad rep of WA being boring and not doing much but as young people I think we’re doing WA proud.
“Young people tend to be more a lot more innovative, creative and enthusiastic; we’re always following new ideas and projects.”
Joondalup resident Tim Lanzon is also a finalist after being nominated for the Outstanding Youth Worker Award.
The winners will be announced on November 27.