Her Excellency the Honorable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Governor of New South Wales, as Sponsor of the NSW Branch of the Association of the Order of Australia, presented to Justin Garlick of Hennessy Catholic College in Young a Youth Community Service Award for outstanding service or commitment to their local community, or to Australia in general.
Justin was one of 25 students who participated in a Zoom-led inaugural presentation with the Governor. He received a trophy and a certificate of praise from the governor.
Led by the branch of the Order of Australia (NSW), students across the state were named by their principals as exemplary community role models before a selection board determined the final recipients price.
The service ranges from local initiatives such as education, health and welfare for underprivileged or disadvantaged communities, to international initiatives in a multitude of community development activities such as education, health, sanitation and infrastructure projects. The award is not for academic or athletic achievement.
His quote read: Justin Garlick – Hennessy Catholic College, Young Within the Hennessy College community, Justin is widely recognized for his leadership, commitment, maturity and selflessness, especially during his HSC year.
As captain of RICE House he has led over 120 students in grades 7-12 and is a key organizer and participant in all extracurricular activities in sports, fundraising, religious care. and pastoral, education and community service activities.
He is one of the founders of the Student Wellbeing Action Group (SWAG) with a personal focus on mental health and leadership development.
In the Young community, he joined the SES Emergency Rescue Service and achieved high-level accreditation in all areas of training. His Area Commander praised his performance in all training and operational activities as a potential future leader within the higher ranks of the SES.
In the Young Army Cadet Unit, he was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer Class 2 and is now the Unit 2IC covering the towns of Grenfell, Cowra, Young and Boorowa. At the end of 2020, Justin was awarded the 200 Army Cadet Unit (ACU) Young Cadet of the Year for his outstanding service to the cadets.
In January 2021, he received the Junior Citizen of the Year for Young Township.
Order of Australia (NSW) Section President Jim Mein AM praised Justin saying he is an exemplary community role model.
“Justin is one of 25 high school students recognized today for selflessly giving of their time to a wide range of organizations and for many very laudable causes while actively preparing for their graduate certificates,” Mr. Mein said.
“After the Covid hiatus in 2020, the award resumed this year and the student applicants once again admirably demonstrated the sense of commitment and community service that had embodied the previous award recipients.”
“Justin contributed beyond the norm and his actions inspired his comrades. Justin is an inspiration for others to follow, ”he added. “Justin did not seek recognition for his actions, but we honor him with the highest recognition available to high school students in NSW,” he said.