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The Inaugural ANZPPNG Young Lasallians Reference Group

Posted by Young Lasallian Team on 9 September 2021
The Inaugural ANZPPNG Young Lasallians Reference Group

June 29, 2021, was a significant time, as zoom hosted the first meeting of the newly formed District of ANZPPNG Young Lasallians Reference Group (YLRG). This 90-minute meeting was a culmination of 18 months of planning to ensure the breadth of diverse voices of young people from across the District are heard. The below is an excerpt from the YLRG Charter, the complete charter can be accessed here. 


Key responsibilities of the ANZPPNG YLRG, subject to directions given by the LMC Board, will include:

  • Listening to and amplifying the voices and needs of Young Lasallians in each Sector of the District. 

  • Providing insight and commentary on District ministries, initiatives and entities including, but not limited to, the LMC Board, La Salle Centre teams, and the District Council. 

  • While members of the YLRG may be involved in specific projects and works in the Lasallian network outside of their role with the Reference Group, it is not a working body charged with responsibility for delivering projects for Young Lasallians. Nor is the YLRG a decision-making body for Young Lasallians of the District or a Young Lasallian version of a District Council. 

This first meeting was insightful, productive and allowed for several ideas to be stress-tested and refined to incorporate the local realities shared by the members. Thank you to the inaugural members of the ANZPPNG Young Lasallians Reference Group who have volunteered their time and expertise for the next two years. The seven members are: 

  • Joel Harriss: Is a well respected Young Lasallian currently studying Law. He has had a long Lasallian journey as St Bede’s College Captain, a Lasallian Volunteer in Perth and Lasallian Youth Minister at St James College, Bentleigh East. He has a passion for first nations people and continues to volunteer time in an Indigenous boarding house in Melbourne. 
  • Shantelle Wills: Is a passionate teacher at St John’s Regional College, Dandenong. Shantelle was a standout candidate for the Young Lasallians Reference Group after witnessing her accompaniment of Year 12 students at their retreat. Shantelle also brings to the group the valuable perspective of a Teacher who supports the faith and wellbeing of students in the current climate.

  • Br Rehman: Is a Lasallian Brother who is currently a Principal of a primary school, Director of his community and is the Young Lasallians Coordinator for the Sector of Pakistan. He is a joyful presence and has been involved in the organisation of LYG Pakistan and delegations to District and Regional Gatherings. 

  • Christopher Tenisio: is a leader in his local community of South Auckland and is a former College Captain of De La Salle College, Mangere East and has been the leader of the Uni Lasalle group who have been instrumental in gathering Lasallian Alumni to give back to the school communities. He volunteers his time across many causes including but not limited to Pacific Climate Warriors.

  • David Le: is a Youth Worker for yourtown in Western Sydney. David has been a wonderful addition at Lasallian Student Leadership Seminar sharing his vocation. David has completed studies at TAFE and University of Sydney in Psychology which has increased his capacity to mentor Lasallian Volunteers placed at yourtown.

  • Elizabeth Aribi: is currently the Youth Secretary at Catholic Bishop Conference of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands. She is Jubilee Secondary Catholic College, Port Moresby graduate before taking on the role of PNG Lasallian Youth Minister. She then worked for Transparency International before she entered her current role; she remains a supporter of the Lasallian Family in PNG. 

The YLRG will meet online 5 times per year. The next two meetings are scheduled for September 14 and November 11. Please contact Lydia Avia-Aumua if you have any enquiries or submissions for consideration. 

Author:Young Lasallian Team
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