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Youth Justice Agency acknowledges contribution made by volunteers (27/02/2013)

Chief Executive Paula Jack has paid tribute to those volunteers who work closely with the Youth Justice Agency.

At an evening reception in Londonderry, Paula Jack presented certificates to volunteers and acknowledged the valuable role they play in helping divert young people from crime.

She said: “Volunteers are positive role models for young people, assisting them in making productive life choices and diverting young people from a life of crime, thus enabling them to develop skills and maturity as they make the transition to adulthood.”

Paula also presented the annual ‘Ross McCartney Volunteer Award’ to Louise Skillen. This award is sponsored by the Youth Justice Agency in Foyle in memory of a former volunteer worker who died from cancer at the age of 24.

She said: “Ross undoubtedly made a positive impact on the lives of young people before his untimely death and it is a fitting tribute to Ross that the Agency has sponsored an annual award in recognition of his work.

“Through her volunteering Louise has demonstrated the same qualities and values as Ross and with the commitment and determination of volunteers like Louise I’m confident that they will continue to play a vital role in working with young people.

2013 award winner

Winner of the Youth Justice Agency’s ‘Ross McCartney Volunteer Award 2013’, Louise Skillen, receives her award from Adam McCartney (brother of former volunteer worker Ross) and Agency Chief Executive Paula Jack

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