This year’s Young Citizen of the Year has a message for her peers: Take hold of your responsibilities, seek and strive and you’ll be rewarded.
And stay in Dubbo while you’re at it, she says.
Frances Wilson is qualified to offer these pearls of worldly wisdom – at 18 years old, she has excelled on the sporting field, in music, scholastically and squeezed in church and charity work to boot.
Yesterday, she urged the young people of Dubbo to similarly seize opportunities.
“Dubbo is growing and young people – I urge you to stay,” she said.
“There is so much opportunity here and the clean air, low level of traffic, friendly faces; it all comes for free. There is opportunity for small business growth, agriculture, science and research, medicine and music tertiary education. This city has a lot to offer.”
In presenting her award, MC Mike Ferguson acknowledged Frances’ passion for “encouraging other young people to realise their value and to achieve their potential”.
Her achievements include participating in Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Planting Day.
Recently, she completed a public speaking and professional presentation workshop to become a youth facilitator with the area health service and participating in the ‘You’phoria Shoutout’.
She was voted vice-captain of Dubbo Christian School and represented her school in State athletics and swimming competitions.
Frances has been a member of the Silver Strings Trio and a member of the Western Symphonia.
She is a regular participant in the drama, vocal, dance and instrumental divisions of the Dubbo eisteddfod, where she has won the Kathryn Phillips Perpetual Trophy for the most promising senior violinist for three consecutive years.
She is now running her own business as a private Suzuki violin teacher, which now has more than 60 students.
She said she was “humbled” rather than proud of the award and felt “honoured for my family”.
“They have been rocks of strength in my life,” she said.
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