State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt is proud to sponsor 19 year-old Reyoen Dahal as the Youth Member for Mulgrave – one of 89 Queenslanders aged between 15 and 25 at the 2014 Queensland Youth Parliament.

Mr Pitt said Reyoen’s story was both amazing and inspirational.

“His parents and grandparents lived in Bhutanese refugee camps in Eastern Nepal for 19 years. Reyoen was born in one of the Bhutanese refugee camps (Goldhap, Nepal) and was resettled in Australia in 2010 by the Australian Government,” Mr Pitt said.

[singlepic id=601 w=320 h=240 float=left] “Reyoen is studying a double degree in Engineering and Business at QUT in Brisbane but has had an active involvement in the greater Cairns community as a member of Cairns YEA!, volunteering at Headspace and Cairns Community Radio 89.1 where he ran an hour-long weekly program with his brother representing the Bhutanese Community.

“While Reyoen understands the challenges and experiences of a refugee and migrant, he has also taken every opportunity to get involved in his adopted country and truly appreciates our democracy and multiculturalism.

“He is motivated to help disadvantaged and disengaged young people and believes we must provide them with innovative services to get back on their feet for a better life.

“Since his selection in May this year, Reyoen has spent time talking to various members of the community seeking a wide range of viewpoints on local and state issues and discussing his role in the Youth Parliament.

“And it’s no fluke that Reyoen is so community minded. His brother was a previous Youth Parliament representative and his father Prahlad Dahal has been a giant in local multicultural efforts on behalf of the Bhutanese community and was recently acknowledged for his tireless work.”

The YMCA, with the support of the State Government and Queensland Parliament, has conducted the YMCA Queensland Youth Parliament annually since 1996, as an apolitical program that is designed to give young people the opportunity to learn through experience about the role and operations of government, and empower them to have a positive impact in their local community and upon state government policies.