Issue 4 - 8 May 2012 enews home

Student named NT mother of the year

By Leanne Coleman

Adam Bourke

NT Barnardos Australia's Mother of the Year Award and CDU student Tammy Lewis with two-month-old Solomon

A Charles Darwin University student has won the Northern Territory Barnardos Australia's Mother of the Year Award.

The CDU Certificate IV in Youth Work and Diploma of Children's Services student and mother-of-four Tammy Lewis won the award after being nominated by one of her foster children.

As well as providing permanent foster care to sisters aged 11 and 16, Ms Lewis has two biological children, Ashlyn, one, and Solomon, aged two months. With the support of partner Jono Grigg, Tammy has demonstrated continued selflessness and devotion of time and energy to her children and their needs.

After enduring a tough childhood herself, Ms Lewis has always been interested in looking after youth and making a difference in their lives.

"I believe that every young person has worth," she said. "It is great to see my foster children developing and thriving given the opportunity."

Ms Lewis, 27, is passionate about supporting children at risk of abuse and neglect and hopes to use her studies to work with youth.

"My studies are already helping me to better understand adolescence and how to help them," she said. "I hope to work in the field of youth therapy and counselling in the future."

The Barnardos Australia's Mother of the Year Award recognises the achievements of mothers and their enormous contributions to the Australian community. As one of eight national finalists, Tammy will travel to Sydney for the national final in the lead up to Mother's Day on May 10.