WA Youth Awards: Stirling Times reporter in line for Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award

Stirling Times reporter Kate Leaver.
Stirling Times reporter Kate Leaver.

STIRLING Times reporter Kate Leaver is up for the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award at the WA Youth Awards on Friday.

The event held at the Crown Perth recognises the contribution to community made by WA youth.

The Memorial Award aimed at young journalists, photographers, bloggers and contributors under 25, acknowledges the role the media play in forming public opinion about young people and youth issues in our community.

Leaver, whose story about Gwelup teenager Matt Toms’ struggle with the condition Tourettes, opened a conversation within the community.

The 24-year-old said she was honoured to share the teenager’s story and be a finalist in the award category.

“It is an absolute honour to be a finalist in the Charmaine Dragun Memorial Award category as she was an inspiring journalist,” Miss Leaver said.

“It was a privilege to be able to tell the story of Matt Toms and his journey and the toll his condition takes on his family to a wider audience.

“The reaction after the story was incredible and there was a real outpouring of support from the community in form of letters, emails and phone calls to the family.

“The most rewarding thing was to see the ripple effect the story had in the wider community.”

Ms Dragun was a recipient of a WA Youth Media Award for her work as a journalist.

The WA Youth Awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities and are supported by Lotterywest.