A former Wentworth girl has been awarded the South Australian Young Citizen Award by the Australia Day Council.

Stephany Martin  grew up on a settlement just over an hour out of Mildura to a young mum, in the midst of one of the worst droughts in Australian history.

She took on the opportunity to support her family during the tough economic time by cleaning her local school every night and other jobs.

 She discovered Art and exhibited pieces in Sydney, Mildura and Broken Hill.

After graduating from high school she had the ambition to study law and to join the Rotary Club of Campbelltown (the youngest member of the District at the time), she went on to complete various Rotary Youth Leadership programs.

“After the ceremony a lot of people were asking how I'd done so much in such a short period of time and my answer was simple - because I never did any of it alone,” Stephany said.

“I humbly accepted the award with full acknowledgement of all my wonderful friends, family and mentors who've supported me and not only helped the community but also to make things like this happen”

 She has taken on International Director of the Rotary Club of Campbelltown, coordinating International Women’s Day dinners and a $60,000 project raising funds for FIJI.

She has coordinated other events for Rotary and temporarily joining the Council’s YAC. Stephany also chartered the Rotaract Club of Sturt, and has been the Chair of Rotary Youth Leadership Awards/Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment District Committee and awarded the Rotary District 9520 New Generations Best Project Award in 2017 for her successful programs.

 She remains involved in several Rotary committees advancing the mission of Rotary.

Stephany Martin’s selfless contribution to the community has been relentless. 

During peak times of study her contribution to the community and Rotary has remained constant, being described as an inspiring young leader, with years of dedicated service to the community.

Pictured is Stephany Martin with her award and South Australian membe rfor Bragg Vickie Chapman