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For his service to school and community, Adam Leeuwen from Aquinas College was named as winner of the Award. The Award is jointly run by Trustpower and the Tauranga City Council and is part of the Trustpower Tauranga Community Awards which were presented yesterday, Monday 18 August.

For winning the Award Adam received a framed certificate and $500, with an additional $250 being donated to St John.

Vaughan Coy the Divisional Manager of the St John Welcome Bay Youth Division says Adam’s donation will be used to help fund leadership courses.

“Adam is a very generous and humble young man and it was great to see his efforts recognised this evening. He invests a huge amount of his time into mentoring young cadets and is a great role model for the younger members,” says Mr Coy.

Trustpower Community Relations Representative Jess Somerville says the Trustpower Youth Community Spirit Award is a wonderful opportunity to formally acknowledge the difference young people make at their school and in the community.

“A lot of negative attention is often directed towards young people and we tend to forget about the incredible input they have in the community. Adam is a great example of a student who, despite a busy schedule in and out of school, prioritises giving back to his community through the wide range of volunteer activities he commits himself too.

It’s an honour to recognise these selfless actions through this award”, says Miss Somerville.