Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Julia's Love of Giving to Others Sets Her Apart

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Julia's Love of Giving to Others Sets Her Apart

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JULIA Young lives her life by the mantra 'it is better to give than to receive'.

But last night the Lower Clarence mental health advocate's commitment to helping others received the recognition it deserves when she was named the Clarence electorate Woman of the Year.

Making the announcement at the Maclean RSL, Clarence MP Steve Cansdell said Julia had devoted a lot of her time towards helping people with a mental illness.

"Julia was a driving force behind 'School Link', a program introduced into schools to form a link between teachers and students with mental health issues, providing a greater awareness and access to programs," Mr Cansdell said.

"She was until recently the chairperson of the North Coast Area Health Service Mental Health Committee but is still committed to working with and encouraging people with a mental illness to believe in themselves, and to help stamp out the stigma that is sometimes associated with mental illness."

Mr Cansdell said Julia also devoted a lot of her time visiting the elderly and infirm at their homes, the terminally ill in hospital, taking communion to those in need and helping those who 'slip through society's cracks', even though she battles with her own ill health.

"As Julia's daughter wrote on her application: 'It's the gift of giving that sets Julia apart from the rest - she is universally loved and touched by all who are blessed to know her.'"

Mr Cansdell said this year's award had a big response.

"Sadly, there can only be one winner, and Julia is an outstanding choice among an amazing group of selfless, community-minded women in the Clarence electorate," Mr Cansdell said.

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