YOUTH advocate and social work champion Be Westbrook is Mandurah’s latest Local Legend.
Ms Westbrook was awarded for her dedication to improving the lives of young men and women in Mandurah.
For many years, she was executive officer at Peel Youth Services, an innovative early intervention organisation working with the community from a grassroots level.
Thanks to her vision and dedication to young people in the community, she helped create a number of programs to support local youth, including the highly successful Eyes Wide Open.
Eyes Wide Open helps young pregnant women and young parents to achieve their potential, build a brighter future, learn life skills and continue their education.
Ms Westbrook’s unwavering commitment and leadership has seen the program grow to have its own premises, with many of her early participants now teaching the very programs she started.
Eyes Wide Open receives a number of referrals from health professionals and her legacy continues.
She has also been the driving force behind a number of popular programs including Choyces, Groundshock and UTurn, and was part of a team working towards a model of youth services incorporating education, environment, life skills, inclusion and purpose.
She is also the owner/director of FIFO Life Coaching.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said Ms Westbrook had made a real difference in the community.
“Her selfless work in supporting, nurturing and mentoring young people is to be commended,’’ he said.
“Without people like her in the community providing support, the challenges our young people face would be harder.’’