Youth travel to inspire

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Cally DupeThe West Australian
Kwinana Councillor Tanya Dupagne will step down from Council in October to run youth camps at the Shire of Kulin.
Camera IconKwinana Councillor Tanya Dupagne will step down from Council in October to run youth camps at the Shire of Kulin. Credit: Elisia Seeber

Vivacious Camp Kulin manager Tanya Dupagne and a bus full of children from WA’s south will be heading north to McIntosh & Son Mingenew Midwest Expo to host a range of youth-focussed leadership workshops.

The sessions will be run, in part, by teenagers from Kulin and Corrigin who have completed Ms Dupagne’s successful leadership camps.

Established in 2013, Camp Kulin runs a range of innovative programs for young people living in WA, designed to teach essential life skills such as leadership, respect, trust, respect, self-confidence, anger management and communication.

Ms Dupagne said the workshops to be run at Expo would be suitable for children of all ages.

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“We are doing a number of different activities, with different skills, but also letting the kids just really have fun,” she said. “We have circus activities, giant board games, hungry hippos and plenty of other camp games.”

Children can also try their hand at Quidditch, the game made famous by the Harry Potter book series, with special guest and former international criketer Brad Hogg also participating.

Leadership skills are right up Ms Dupagne’s alley, after scooping numerous awards for her successful Camp Kulin program, which has grown to include general and scholarship camps for children from more than 183 towns across WA.

In March, Ms Dupagne was named RIRDC WA Rural Woman of the Year and was awarded a $10,000 bursary to go towards developing two new pilot programs for adult women from rural areas. The programs will focus on developing confidence and leadership in participants, who will then be able to use their skills within their community.

Ms Dupagne, who hails from Perth, moved to Kulin four years ago and has become an integral part of the Wheatbelt town.

Sessions hosted by Camp Kulin will be held at the Kids Zone, on the netball courts.

Pick up a copy of the August 10 Countryman to view the official Mingenew Midwest Expo program.

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