Kilmore’s Dallareece Matson is a finalist in the Seven News Young Achiever Awards for the second consecutive year.
This year, the 21-year-old is a finalist in the Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award for her dedication to helping others.
Volunteering since she was eight, Ms Matson has been involved with the Mitchell Shire Youth Council and the Volume/FreeZa committee.
She has also volunteered at the National Day of People with Disability, Melbourne Period Project and Colour Dash for the homeless.
An illness in the family also saw her repeat her final high school year twice to assist family members with the household bills.
Humbled by the second nomination, Ms Matson felt it was only natural to help those in need.
“They called me up this year to see if I wanted to be renominated and I said I wasn’t sure because it’s the second year and someone else might be out there who deserves it,” Ms Matson said.
“It’s a lovely feeling though. There are so many young Victorians that do things like this every day and it’s great to be a part of that.
“Once you get to my age you want to do something to help change – it’s amazing the difference you can make.
“Ms Matson remembers when she was younger spending time with her grandmother in a nursing home.
“My nanna was in aged care and I saw how some of the nurses treated her – they could have done a lot better,” she said.
“That’s why I wanted to get into nursing. It’s a good opportunity to help people, that’s why I wanted to get in community services.”
She is looking forward to attending the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner at Flemington Racecourse with her family on May 10.Each category winner will receive $1,000, a $1,000 Bartercard account and a trophy.
“It’s crazy to wrap my head around the fact that I’ve been nominated twice. I’m very excited,” she said.
For more information about the awards night heading to www.youngachieverawards.com.