Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award

Nominations for the Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award 2019 are now closed
This award is named in honour of the late Ian De La Rue, inaugural Chairman of the Warburton Community Bank
It is presented annually in the spirit of Ian’s commitment to our community, and his passion for encouraging young people to strive for excellence and to be active in and contribute to their local community

Do you know a young person who …
•    is under 25 years of age;
•    can be nominated by a teacher, coach, mentor or other individual who has worked with the nominated person in a community capacity, and recognises their potential;
•    resides in or has a close connection to the Upper Yarra district;
•    makes a positive contribution to the community for the benefit of others?

Nominations open Wednesday October 2nd and close on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 5pm
The Award will be presented at the Warburton & Yarra Junction Community Bank branches’ Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 13th November, 2019 at 7pm

Download the nomination form here and email it to: admin@upperyarra.net.au or drop it off to either the Yarra Junction or Warburton branch.


cropped 2019 Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award Recipient - Raegan Charlton Smith (L) with Elizabeth Fox UYCE Board Member (R) v2 copyThe winner of  Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award 2019 is Raegan Charlton Smith pictured here with Elizabeth Fox, UYCE Board Member.

Reagan was nominated by Jennifer Storey.

Reagan Charlton Smith is on a mission to break down the barriers between young people and the aged. She recently completed work placement at AdventCare in Warburton, supporting aged people to improved the quality of their lives. Since the age of 12 years old, she has prided herself on building positive relationships with the residents at AdventCare, visiting with the elderly at her mother’s place of work. During this time, the 18 year old, has grown and matured learning important skills in empathy, and about the needs of the aged physically, cognitively, sensory, culturally and spiritually.
Reagan has experienced first hand the way having younger people around can lift an older person’s spirits and has set her life purpose to support the elderly live their best lives, and encourage other young people to consider their options and work in Aged Care as well. Her choices are a great example of how to bring the elderly and young together in the Upper Yarra Valley.





YI Award Teri McIntyreThis year, Teri McIntyre was awarded our Ian De La Rue Youth Initiative Award.

Teri was nominated by Isabella Andueza. This is what she had to say:

Teri is a key driver of “The Girls Movement” organisation. She saw a gap in the local community for a young women’s support network and was motivated to make a difference. Teri believes that one of the most important things for young women today is empowerment.

On top of working full time, Teri has been completing her course to become a qualified female self-defence instructor. She is currently developing programs and initiatives to engage and empower girls in the Upper Yarra Valley.




In 2017, two Youth Initiative Awards were presented.
YI 2017 winnersAlyssa Parkins was nominated by Fiona Gilsenan from the Redwood Community Centre, with additional input from Heather Sayer from Interchange Outer East. This is what they had to say:

Alyssa has been mentoring with the Redwood Community Centre for 5 years and has been an integral part of our Redwood Kids mentoring program. Alyssa has grown strong bonds with the primary school children, even helping in the transition of some of our grade six participants into the local high school.

Alyssa has been a volunteer with Interchange Outer East for a year and a half. Alyssa started volunteering on recreation activities in the weekends and school holidays and has continued to volunteer on a regular basis. In this short time Alyssa has contributed by volunteering over 600 hours of her own time with Interchange Outer East supporting young children with a disability to have fun and their parents to have a much needed break from their caring role. Alyssa demonstrates a great deal of maturity as a volunteer. Not only is she a wonderful mentor to our participants particularly, but she is also a brilliant role model to other volunteers and staff.

Rachel Lee was nominated by the Principal of Upper Yarra Secondary College, Scott Tully. This is what he had to say about Rachel:
Rachel is an outstanding young lady dedicated to improving her community. She is very active within it and displays a genuine desire to help others and to make our community a better place.

She is currently the College Captain and Student representative Council President, representing the students on the school Council, and has led a very active student body, particularly in relation to open conversations regarding mental health.

She has also been a junior basketball and netball coach and basketball referee for a number of years. More recently she was successful in gaining part time employment with the Yarra Ranges Council as a youth ambassador, representing both the views and needs of the young person demographic and involvement in future planning.

Rachel has made a significant impact at Upper Yarra Secondary College in representing the student voice. Led by Rachel, the SRC has been very active this year both in consultation with School leadership and Council and amongst the student body, including leading a number of student based activities between year levels designed to foster collaboration and improve student sense of belonging and connection.