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Commitment to the community

This year’s winner of the Alcoa sponsored Community Award in the Western Australian of the Year Awards was Youth Focus Chief Executive Jennifer Allen.


The awards, which were held in June on WA Day, recognised the achievements of Western Australians across the following six categories:

  • Youth
  • Business and Professions
  • Community
  • Arts and Culture
  • Indigenous; and 
  • Sport


Jenny was awarded for her dedication to the community, working with children and the youth and her commitment towards preventing youth suicide. Jenny has held numerous roles in both public and private sector, chaired numerous charities and held positions on many Australian and Western Australia suicide prevention boards.


Jenny said it was such a great honour to receive the Celebrate WA Community Award.


“This recognition will most certainly bring youth mental health to the fore and foster stronger community awareness and support for Youth Focus work in changing the lives of vulnerable young people battling with suicide, depression and self-harm.” Jenny said.
Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg said it was wonderful to see Jenny win Alcoa’s Community award; she was a most deserving winner.


“Alcoa has been a proud partner of Youth Focus for the past two years, supporting Jenny and her team and helping to fund the Connect and Change Mandurah program,” Alan said.


“The program helps young people in the Peel region who may be at risk of depression by providing free professional and confidential counselling services.


“As a society we face an enormous challenge to overcome mental illness in young people. Suicide accounts for one quarter of deaths of men under 25 years of age and one in seven deaths of young women.


“By providing services that help young people, we can empower them and their families to tackle the issues associated with depression and suicide and give them the opportunity to live more fulfilled lives.”


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Alcoa of Australia Managing Director Alan Cransberg and Youth Focus Chief Executive Jennifer Allen.