Four Mazenod boys make big difference


Liam Staltari and Keenan Klassen (back) with Patrick Wallis and Rowan Pearce.
Liam Staltari and Keenan Klassen (back) with Patrick Wallis and Rowan Pearce.

The students, now in their 20s shared a goal of making a difference to the lives of young people going through a difficult time.

“Vinnies had a very strong presence within our school and the idea of being a part of a welcoming and friendly community aimed at assisting people experiencing hardship appealed to me” Mr Wallis said.

As volunteers, the boys dedicate their time to organising youth programs and running kids’ camps.

“To be able to make kids who have gone through so much smile and laugh and to inspire and make a difference in their lives is an incredible feeling” Mr Pearce said.

“It’s rewarding to see the kids enjoy themselves without any inhibitions and it truly highlights the important impact our programs have” Mr Staltari said.

Over the years the boys’ passion and leadership skills were unmistakable and have led to all four serving as State Youth Representatives for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Mr Klassen served as a State Youth Representative from 2012-2015 and Mr Staltari from 2014-2015 while Mr Pearce and Mr Wallis and are serving in the role.

In the history of the charity organisation there have not been four consecutive Youth Representatives from the same school before.

The leadership position provides an opportunity to represent St Vincent’s WA young volunteers on a national and international level as well as the chance to mentor and encourage other youth volunteers to develop their skills.

St Vincent’s state youth manager Jarrad Stewart said all four men were a part of the charity’s family.

“St Vincent’s has a great relationship with Mazenod and the fact that four of our young volunteers have become dedicated leaders is testimony to their values.”

Mr Klassen said it was a privilege to have represented St Vincent’s at this level.

“Knowing the work we do can help someone so much makes me incredibly proud to see our school alumni not only engage with charitable works, but develop into prominent young leaders in the community”.