EMILY Major’s commitment to community service with the Rochester Leos Club was recognised at a ceremony last week.
Emily, 17, received the International President’s Leadership Award for her service to the Rochester and district community.
Leo clubs are a sponsored affiliation of Lions Clubs International and encourage young people to serve others in their community and around the world.
Club activities include regular meetings, service projects and social functions.
Growing up in a volunteering family, community service was a natural fit for Emily.
In addition to her work with the Leos, Emily has also volunteered with Bupa Aged Care and the Rochester Community Action Group.
She said she was shocked to receive the award, especially when she found out it was one of only 100 awarded worldwide.
“I’ve always liked helping people,” Emily said.
“Putting in some effort to see someone else thrive has always been the best feeling.”
Currently completing year 12 at Rochester Secondary College, Emily encouraged other young people to find time to volunteer.
“It’s one of the best things you can do and it’s so rewarding,” Emily said.
“Especially in a community like Rochester where everyone is close and supports each other.
“There are a variety of things you can do in the community, and the Leos are always looking for new members if anyone wants to get involved.”