SHALOM House founder and chief executive Peter Lyndon-James has been nominated for the Western Australian of the Year awards for his work in rehabilitating drug users.
Mr Lyndon-James was nominated under the Community Award for his work with the 85-bed facility and his mission to help men who find themselves trapped by addiction.
The controversial rehabilitation house has plans to grow and house a further 46 men at a new rental property on West Swan Road.
Mr Lyndon-James said: “I found out about my nomination a few weeks ago and I was very humbled.”
“When you grow up the way I did, you don’t think you would ever be nominated for something like this. As a child, I was one of the kids that other kids wouldn’t even pick for their football team, so being picked and nominated for the Western Australian of the Year awards is really quite special.”
He said it was nice to be recognised for his work and hoped the nomination would help him continue his work. “Each morning I wake up and try to be the best me that I can be,” he said. “It is definitely a team effort that got us to where we are today. The Western Australian of the Year awards will be announced on WA Day long weekend on June 2.