We are hugely proud of the achievement of UNESCO Aotearoa Youth Leader Injy Johnstone, who received the Senior Supreme Award at the New Zealand Youth Awards 2018, as well as a New Zealand Youth Award for Leadership.
Injy was recognised for her leadership as an environmental leader, foster children and disability advocate and New Zealand representative on two United Nations groups.
Minister for Youth Peeni Henare congratulated Injy and the other winners at a celebration event in Parliament. She commended Injy’s strong commitment and tireless work to make a significant contribution to addressing the needs of young people in her community.
“It is hugely important to acknowledge the mahi that Aotearoa’s youth put into the present and future of our nation,” says Injy. “The New Zealand Youth Awards recognise the hours, commitment, and perseverance that goes into affecting positive change. For me personally, this award recognises the strength of diversity and inclusivity in leadership particularly for youth with access needs and that come from disadvantaged backgrounds.”
Read more about Injy’s contribution in an Otago Daily Times article.