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Actions speak louder than words they say, but in this case it was the gift of words, Sara
Mansour gave to the community that has earned her one of Canterbury-Bankstown’s biggest
The Bankstown Poetry Slam founder was this morning named Canterbury-Bankstown’s 2017
Young Citizen of the Year.
“When I received the letter (to say that I was nominated) I was so surprised, I didn’t expect it
at all,” Miss Mansour said.
“I feel very grateful that there are people in the community that think of me as being a leader
and as an inspiration.”
Last year was a busy one for the 23-year-old Punchbowl resident, who juggled the expansion
of the Poetry Slam, and studies at Western Sydney University, where she recently completed
her Law degree.
“I’ve done a lot in the last year. One of the biggest achievements for me was finishing my
degree and building Poetry Slam so it would reach further into Western Sydney,” she said.
In addition to the monthly workshops and Poetry Slam performance evenings, which regularly
sees more than 300 people in attendance, Miss Mansour also introduced the program into
seven western Sydney high schools.
“The Poetry Slam is my passion, so I really want to promote this powerful and positive
message to other young people in the community and let them know they have a voice and
can connect with other like-minded individuals,” she said.
Administrator, Richard Colley, congratulated Sara on her win at the special Australia Day
Awards and Citizenship Ceremony held at the Bryan Brown Theatre.
“Sara is a great role model for the young people in our community and a good example of
what you can achieve with hard work and commitment.
“She is a worthy recipient, who brings a more vibrant and lively vision to Canterbury-Bankstown each day. I wish her the best of luck this year as she continues to expand the
Poetry Slam and her future law endeavours.”
6/02/2017 4:32 PM