As a supporter of St John’s Youth Services, we hope you’ll be as excited as we are that our CEO, Wendy Malycha, is Adelaide’s Citizen of the Year for 2017.
Awarded by the City of Adelaide as part of the 2017 Australia Day Awards, the Citizen of the Year Award recognises the outstanding contribution Wendy has made to improving the lives of young people in Adelaide.
Since joining St John’s Youth Services in 1993, Wendy has been instrumental in changing the way organisations work with young people experiencing homelessness and disadvantage.
For Wendy, attending the Citizen of the Year award ceremony provided a chance to reflect on the opportunities available to those of us lucky enough to call South Australia home.
‘Sitting in my reserved seat as a finalist, I was privileged to be present as 53 wonderful people became citizens of Australia – a ceremony that reminds us how fortunate we are to live in this amazing country,’ said Wendy.
‘Many people living and working in Adelaide don’t know of St John’s Youth Services, but for the 23 years I’ve worked for this organisation, we have accommodated more than 15,000 young South Australians in crisis.
‘During that time, I have been fortunate to be in a city where the combined interests of many people in the Adelaide City Council and the State Government have enabled us to collectively establish the world’s first crisis accommodation service located in a mixed tenure apartment building.
‘We can all be proud that Adelaide leads the world in responding to the needs of our most at risk young people. By accommodating them in modern apartments and supporting them to independence, young people in this city rarely face the long-term homelessness we used to see, and are respected citizens in the community.