Cottesloe doctor Ciara Stapleton wins WA Youth Volunteer of the Year


Ciara Stapleton.
Ciara Stapleton.

COTTESLOE doctor Ciara Stapleton has been awarded the WA Youth Volunteer of the Year for her work with at-risk youth, at the 2016 WA Volunteer Awards.

The 28-year-old, who is also the president of Leading Youth Forward (LYF), was recognised for more than 12 years of working with disadvantaged youth across WA.

She said it was a great honour to win the award.

“It was a surprise, but it was nice to be recognised, and nice for LYF to be acknowledged and to shine the light on at-risk children,” she said.

“It’s really flattering to even be considered in such a great category.”

Perth-based charity LYF provides one-on-one mentoring and support with youth who are experiencing emotional, social or financial hardship.

The organisation was named at a finalist at the awards in the 2016 Community Volunteer Organisation of the Year category.

Dr Stapleton said volunteering had been a massive part of her life and something that gave her a lot of enjoyment.

“You form friendships with people from all walks of life, who you wouldn’t usually meet,” she said.

“I would really encourage people who are considering volunteering to try it, I don’t think they will regret it.”