ANGIE Paskevicius is proud of the programs Holyoake has created to help people dealing with drug and alcohol issues.
The Victoria Park resident and Holyoake chief executive has been working in the not-for-profit sector for about 20 years, including nine in her current role.
Holyoake helps more than 6500 people struggling with alcohol and drug issues, guiding them through challenging times and into a better future.
“I’ve always had a strong desire to give back and make a difference,” she said.
“The opportunity at Holyoake was to transform it and grow it; I’ve just loved doing that.
“I’m most proud in that growth and the way we have been able to make a difference in people’s lives.
“As a CEO, every day is different and I’m always in meetings, networking and making sure we are on track in terms of our strategic perspective.”
Ms Paskevicius said one of her proudest achievements was the growth of the social enterprise program DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music Beliefs Attitudes Thoughts).
“Participants receive a hand drum and take part in a series of activities, which are linked to what’s happening in their lives,” she said.
“It’s also been used in schools, at mental facilities and with refugees.”
Ms Paskevicius said she was shocked to be named as a finalist in the Community Award category for the Western Australian of the Year Awards.
“It makes me feel humbled to be a finalist. I’m just an ordinary person who has been given extraordinary opportunities,” she said.
“I’m just happy to be able to make a difference and help people achieve their potential and grow.”