THE Bridgewater/Derwent Valley PCYC has been congratulated for its success at the Telstra Best of Business Awards last week, taking home the Building Communities category. Announced at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Hobart, the award celebrates small and medium-sized businesses and organisations that make a positive impact on their communities in a way that benefits everyone.
The Bridgewater Police and Community Youth Club, which includes the Derwent Valley and Glenorchy PCYCs is an independent organisation that specialises in youth engagement and support. It seeks to address issues ranging from crime prevention and workplace readiness to educational engagement and social cohesion.
The Federal Member for Lyons, Brian Mitchell MHR, was a guest at the dinner in his role as chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts, and he was delighted when the PCYC was announced as the Building Communities category winner.
“My electorate office is just across from these guys at Bridgewater and I’m a regular visitor and supporter – they do an amazing job with young people and I can’t think of a more worthy winner,” he said. “It was an absolute thrill to see them there on the night and to see them win.”
“Justin Abrahams and Sammi Andrews and all the team are superstars in my book and it was a real privilege to be able to share this very special evening with them.”
Mr Mitchell said the evening highlighted the hard work and contribution of many people and businesses across Tasmania. “I’d like to congratulate Telstra for continuing to sponsor these awards. I know they are highly sought after and highly valued. To everyone nominated and to those who won, my heartfelt congratulations and best wishes.”
The Bridgewater PCYC previously won the Tasmanian Change-Maker category in the 2019 Telstra Business Awards.
Pictured: Brian Mitchell MHR, left, with Samantha Andrews and Justin Abrahams of the PCYC.