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Horowhenua Chronicle - 2021-11-26

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Liam named as a local hero medallist

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Liam McLeavey is one of 100 Kiwbank Local Hero Medallists. The Levin man, who now lives in Wellington, has made the local headlines over the years with projects that help young people succeed in life. One of his brain children was the precursor to the current Get-Go employment network. He said a family member put his name forward in the Kiwibank Local Hero Awards. “I consider it a huge privilege to have been announced as one of 100 New Zealanders to be a 2021 Kiwibank Local Hero Medallist. It is especially moving to join such amazing New Zealanders who have been medallists both in 2021 and in the past. I think in particular of the late Colin Lawrie, who received this medal in 2017. “It is humbling to have been nominated and recognised for my contributions to Horowhenua in education and employment, specifically leading to the establishment of Get-Go, which received over $800k in government funding last year. “My 100 per cent focus and energy in all that I have done over the last seven years has been moving the dials for people and businesses, so young people in particular can be inspired to reach their potential. “If young people thrive, Horowhenua thrives. “I hope in becoming a Kiwbank Local Hero Medallist that it shows young people in Horowhenua that you can achieve and succeed on a national stage. I grew up and was educated in Horowhenua and this doesn’t stop you from reaching your goals and dreams, it empowered and enabled me. “I have been incredibly moved by the many people who have reached out and sent me messages. I particularly want to thank my family, friends and colleagues who have been very supportive in all my work over the last seven years. I have a great tribe around me.” Having recently completed his Social Policy and Politics Degree at Massey University, Liam now remains in Wellington and works with a range of health technology companies and the Government, to support the realisation of digital health technologies as an enabler of quality health, social care and wellbeing services in New Zealand. Liam is also the chair of the Youth One Stop Shop (YOSS), which delivers primary health care and social services to over 10,000 young people in Horowhenua and Palmerston North. He has previously sat on a number of government advisory groups in the areas of education, employment and social enterprise development. In 2020, Liam was announced as a Global Teen Leader, selected amongst thousands worldwide. The 100 Local Hero Medallists go forward to Category Judging Day for the 2022 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Te Pou Toko o te Tau national award and 10 semifinalists will be announced in mid-January. Those 10 semifinalists will be considered at the Executive Judging Day in late January. Three will be announced as the finalists in the New Zealand Local Hero award in February, and of those three, one will be awarded the 2022 Kiwibank New Zealand Local Hero of the Year Te Pou Toko o te Tau title at the Gala event in March 2022

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