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Children's Week Awards celebrate creativity

This morning I attended the official 2015 Children’s Week Awards ceremony at Perth Zoo, and was pleased to present the Art Award to Megan from St Munchin’s Catholic School in Gosnells for her beautifully illustrated poster, which depicts this year’s theme of a child’s ‘right to discover’.

Megan’s poster depicts two different scenes, a charcoal drawing showing a child who doesn’t have the chance to have a voice, and a second scene, which is full of colour and shows children who are playing together, sharing and learning.

It was great to see many people in attendance, including children and young people, their families and other dignitaries.

The annual Children’s Week Awards, presented by Meerilinga, promote awareness of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child by celebrating children’s creativity, and recognising those who have made an outstanding contribution to improving opportunities for WA children, families or the community.

Importantly, these awards help us to consider what more we can do to protect and nurture our youngest citizens.

The number of children and young people in Western Australia continues to increase, and it is vital we continue to do all that we can to help them thrive.

Jenni Perkins
Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People