JORDINA Quain understands the importance of being active in the community as a way of keeping mentally healthy.
The Burswood resident and Curtin University health promotions student has been involved in the John Curtin Leadership Academy (JCLA), helping Victoria Park-based organisation Manna, as well as Borderless Friendship WA.
Ms Quain received the WA Act-Belong-Commit Youth Award at a World Mental Health Day event in Forrest Place on October 10.
“I was at a low place about two years ago and I’ve always been really active so that’s what I turned back to,” she said.
“It’s important to be involved in the community because you can meet people with great values and gives you the feeling about working on something bigger than yourself.”
Ms Quain said that during her time with the JCLA she learned new skills that grew her leadership skills and helped her connect with the community.
“I was in a team of six people, that helped fundraise for Manna’s Homeless for a Night event,” she said.
Ms Quain has been a board member and volunteer with Borderless Friendship WA, an organisation that aims to improve the lives of hill tribe children in Northern Thailand.
“My role is to fundraise and work at stalls as well as going over to Thailand every six months on self-funded trips to help the hill tribe communities,” she said.