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Tags: Lions Charity Club. Queensland. Brisbane. The youth of the year. Not for Profit. Lions Howard Waterman Award

Lions Youth of the Year project is designed to encourage, foster and development leadership in conjunction with other citizenship quality in our youth, at the age when they are about to enter the fields of employment or higher education, and provide students with the incentive to pay greater attention to the general qualities, so vital in developing our youths into first class citizens.

Featured Image(above): Lexie Waddel-Bajor, overall winner of Youth of the Year
and Lachlan Alleyne public speaking section winner.

The qualities sought, apart from academics attainments are those of leadership, personality, sportsmanship, public speaking and good citizenship. The students meet in fellowship and have the opportunity of open discussion, exchange of ideas and meet professional people of a community service club organisation.

Lions Youth of the Year is an excellent means of assisting Australia’s youth and promoting the essential role of leadership development and community service organisations in maintaining Australia’s high standard of living. Bribie Island Lions staged the local final on 22nd February.

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Jessica Spink – winner of Lions Howard Waterman Award.

The overall winner was Lexie Waddel-Bajor and the public speaking section of the contest was Lachlan Alleyne, students from Bribie Island High School. Lexie will now go on to the next level of the contest, the Regional final, in Morayfield. The next stage is the District final in Brisbane then State final in Rockhampton, and the National final at the Lions National Convention in Townsville in May.

As well as The Youth of the Year contest Bribie Island Lions have a special award “Howard Waterman Bursary” This award is dedicated to the late District Governor and member of Bribie Island Lions. The bursary is presented to the Club’s Youth of the year entrant from the Bribie Island High School who attains the highest OP rating at the end of year 12.

The purpose of the bursary is to recognize the achievements of the student and in some way towards their further studies. The winner of this year’s award was Jessica Spink with an OP rating of 1. Jessica is now continuing her University studies of Optometry at QUT in Brisbane.

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