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Rangitata MP Andrew Falloon congratulates Jordan Diamond for winning the Andrew Falloon MP Supreme Youth Award for Timaru at the Canterbury Youth Awards in Christchurch on Friday night. (Aug31

STAFF REPORTER

Jordan Diamond was named winner of the Andrew Falloon MP supreme youth award for Timaru at the Canterbury Youth Awards in Christchurch recently.

In front of nearly 300 people, Jordan was presented the award by the Rangitata MP on August 31.

Jordan joined St John after a course at the YMCA’s Opihi Services Academy, and now volunteers regularly and as an assistant divisional manager for the cadets, and supervises and leads youth through their own training.

Jordan has been invited by Timaru District mayor Damon Odey to be part of the Tuia programme, which involves local mayors selecting a young Maori from their district to mentor on a one-to-one basis, to encourage and enhance leadership skills.

Mr Falloon said Jordan was a great example of a young person contributing to the community.

by his ability to bounce back after an early setback of being turned down by the Defence Force, but taking that commitment with him as a volunteer with St John ambulance and taking leadership roles with young Maori.

“There are so many young people in our midst doing fantastic things. These awards represent an opportunity to acknowledge the contribution they’re making to make our district a better place.

“The calibre of finalists showed the enormous talent we have here in South Canterbury. As the local MP it was a privilege for me to sponsor the award and hear some of their stories,” Mr Falloon said.