St Leonard’s Alumnus Claims Top Local Award

Old Collegian George Elliot (2013) was recently named Young Citizen of the Year in Bayside for his work with the Bayside Youth Services FReeZa program. Presented annually by local councils, Young Citizen Awards recognise young people who have made outstanding contributions to the community.

A St Leonard’s student from year 7 to 12, George joined the Bayside FReeZA committee in 2010 when he was looking for a way to give back to the community as part of his Duke of Edinburgh program. FReeZA is a Bayside City Council and Victorian Government initiative that supports young Victorians to get involved in their community by planning and running drug-free, smoke-free and alcohol-free music and cultural events for other young people. In 2015 alone, over 3000 young people attended these events.

George’s involvement in the program has seen him play a key role in selecting and supporting the performers at these events, as well as using his photography and filmography skills to promote and document the events.

In addition George has has been a FReeZA Mentor for the past two years, combining his passion with experience to guide new committee members in their FReeZA journey.

During National Youth Week 2015, George was the worthy recipient of the inaugural Julian Gurrieri Memorial Award for Youth Services Committee Members, and his maturity, leadership and enthusiasm continue to inspire other young people.

The College offers its congratulations to George on being such a worthy recipient of the Bayside 2016 Young Citizen of the Year Award.