Young Citizen driven to help
Maitland’s 2018 Young Citizen of the Year just wants to help people.
East Maitland 15-year-old Kelci Brain was announced as the award recipient on Australia Day, selected from a field of six.
A Year 10 student at Maitland Grossmann High School, Miss Brain has given over 800 volunteer hours to St John Ambulance cadets in just four years, where she now holds the rank of Cadet Sergeant, the highest possible rank.
“I always knew I wanted to help people, emotionally or physically,” she said.
“St John could boost my confidence and teach me how to help people through first aid to brighten their day when they get hurt.”
Miss Brain now serves in leadership roles within the organisation and teaches younger cadets the same skills she has previously learned, including CPR, defibrillation, and the use of tourniquets.
She described receiving the award as a “massive shock”.
“Even after I received the award I couldn’t stop shaking because I never thought I would get an award like this,” Miss Brain said.
“It was just a massive shock, but I am so proud of the other nominees.”
She has now set her sights on pursuing a career in the medical field, but hasn’t decided which branch to follow.