QUEENSLAND

Queensland Young Achiever Awards

2017 Finalists 

 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award

James Mundy Moreland, 26 of Rockhampton created the ‘Deadly Families Festival’ to showcase his culture to indigenous and non-indigenous people. James also facilitates a Concerned Citizens Committee to allow Elders, Traditional Owners and locals to have their voice heard on community issues. He established ‘Dharumbal Dash’, a program to create awareness of culture, healthy eating and education for indigenous students. James was approached by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to create a 10-week long program to mentor children of the State.

Chern’ee Sutton, 20 of Calavos is a Kalkadoon woman with a plan to improve the acceptance of indigenous Australians though her art. She has a reconciliation painting hanging permanently in Queensland’s Parliament House and also in Buckingham Palace. Chern’ee has donated $110,000 of her artwork to charities and been asked by Dreamworld to paint a memorial for the lives lost on the River Rapids Ride. She also designed the Indigenous component and story for Borobi the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games masco.

Benjamin Morriss, 24 of Strathpine uses his experience as a young to offender to assist young Indigenous Australians in need to turn their lives around and get work. Ben was homeless, but sought and was accepted into a carpentry apprenticeship. In 2015 he won an Apprentice Ambassador Exchange to Canada and was named CSQ Construction Indigenous Person of the Year. Ben has since started his own company, Euphoria Homes and has signed a previous a young offender as an apprentice and secured work for another.

 

iFly Online Achievement Award

Luke Maguire, 27 of Broadbeach Waters founded “Social Media Mansion”, a quick growing company that plans, creates and implements social media strategies. They work directly with Facebook and Instagram, creating software solutions that help automate tasks and create solutions that have never been used before. Social Media Mansion has turned over five million dollars in revenue and has over 80 thousand buyers worldwide. Luke has recently been voted number 13 in the 'top 40 under 40' entrepreneurs.

Jennifer Stockwell, 24 of Mermaid Beach is the CEO, Owner and Director of Aus Sports TV, an online sports TV channel and sports video production company. She creates videos showcasing events such as running, cycling, obstacle racing and adventure races using 100 professional subcontracted videographers. Jennifer’s client list includes some of the biggest sports events in Australia. Wanting to expand into training and promotional videos, she one day hopes to become Australia’s biggest sports video production company.

Aleksandar Svetski, 29 of Fortitude Valley has been at the heights and also the lows of entrepreneurial success, losing his first million at 25. With a never give up attitude, he has since been involved with Health Clubs, App Development, Franchising and also Renewable Energy. Aleksandar is now the Co-Founder & CEO of iRecruit Technologies, a software that will transform how people are selected for jobs, and is set to make a major impact in the recruitment space.

Kim Allom, 26 of Ashgrove is a video games producer. She believes that online game playing should not just be for children and that it builds motor skills, teamwork and social skills. Kim is the Producer at Defiant Development, producing numerous video games including Hand of Fate which has over 2 million downloads. Her side project, Blush Box Games produces games that explore love and romance. Kim is also a mentor for young girls through the Tech Girls Movement.

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Edda Hamar, 27 of New Farm is the co-founder of Undress Runways, Australia’s largest sustainable fashion show, which showcases Australia’s ethical designers. Undress Runways provides a platform for photographers, makeup artists and models looking to start their fashion career. Edda also created The Naked Mag to display raw and real stories from behind the scenes. She was selected as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians and has presented numerous TEDx talks on her journey as a young entrepreneur.

Kate Glover, 28 of Mount Isa is an award winning, qualified and accredited photographer. Her studio, Images by Kate Glover specialises in weddings and creative portraits. Kate provides sponsorships for local community groups to the value of $5,000 each year. She is the youngest President to be elected at the Zonta Club of Mount Isa. Kate also created the Ink Project photography art book, showcasing local residents and their body art and has donated over $20,000 for ACT, a children’s charity.

Samantha Mansfield, 25 of Merrimac is an award winning fashion designer. She has showcased designs at national and international level and has received numerous awards. Samantha is Australia’s first international Cosplay champion with her incredible designs and costume creations of characters from video games and anime. Her award winning costume took four months to complete incorporating skills in corsetry, tailoring and beading. Samantha has been invited to be a Cosplay judge for the world famous MCM Comic Con in London.

 

LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award

Claire Kelly, 18 of Mackay has volunteered in locations that include Vanuatu and Fiji. She won Mackay’s Young Citizen of the Year Award and the Young Women in Public Affairs Award for outstanding community service. Claire is a Z Club Ambassador and visits schools to encourage young people to volunteer in their communities. She created “Project Fiji”, organising fundraisers and donations to assist 12 young people with the cost and travel arrangements, to volunteer in an orphanage in Fiji.

Keely Johnson, 18 of AYR has an incurable brain tumour, but has raised almost half a million dollars for childhood cancer charities. She has founded her own cancer charity, The Golden Octopus Foundation to help upgrade paediatric oncology facilities in regional hospitals and implement community childhood cancer nurses. Keely is part of the steering committee for upgrading children's health services with Queensland Health and has been invited to be a keynote speaker and open the 2017 National conference of Australian Adolescence Health.

Tani Stubbs, 20 of Mudgeeraba has volunteered since she was 12, for organisations such as Riding for the Disabled, Homeless Connect and the Special Olympics. Tani raised $1,000,000 worth of recycled educational supplies and computers and sent eight, 40 foot containers to Tonga. Three school campuses were fully furnished and a hospital that had been destroyed by cyclones, was refitted. Tani has created her own foundation E.D.G.E (Everyone Deserves Global Education) to establish a network of educational resources for disadvantaged communities.

 

Access Community Services – Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) Cultural Diversity Award

Prudence Melom, 21 of Kearneys Spring escaped the war in Africa with her family in 2007. She used her experiences of living in a refugee camp for seven years to co-create “E-raced”. “E-raced” is a storytelling program for young people, educating people about racial equality and acceptance. Prudence is currently studying to become a lawyer and has been recognised with awards including the 25 under 25 list and the 2015 Human Rights Award She is also a guest speaker at many events.

Tamara Richardson, 23 of Herston founded PACE48, a regional, multinational youth led culture movement promoting access to cultural education across 48 Asia Pacific countries. PACE 48 facilitates cross cultural and intercultural relations with the youth of the Asia Pacific and currently has 115 volunteers with a weekly reach of over 22,000. Tamara is an elected student member of the University of Queensland’s Academic Board and an appointed Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural & Inter-religious Relations.

James Mundy Moreland, 26 of Rockhampton established the ‘Deadly Families Festival’ in 2014 to challenge stereotypes by sharing culture, providing free traditional food, live entertainment and dance troupes and indigenous workshops. Last year, James established the ‘Dharumbal Dash’, which empowers students by giving them an appreciation of the importance of their culture, healthy eating and education. He has received $24,000 funding to facilitate a 10 week long program to mentor 29 children who are currently children of the State.

Tulsa Gautam, 23 of Cairns spent the first 15 years of her life in a Nepalese refugee camp. As a role model for the Bhutanese community and young migrant women, Tulsa attends many public speaking appearances and has presented a TEDx talk on her refugee camp experiences. She fundraises for Nepalese causes, including disaster relief, student education and health programs. Tulsa is the Cairns and Region Multicultural Association Vice President and a member on the Cairns Regional Council-Youth Advisory Board.

 

BB Print Leadership Award

Madison Dyer, 18 of Alton Downs is full time carer for her father and an advocate for mental health. She has used some of the prize money from awards she had received to establish the ‘Madison Dyer Pay it Forward Award’ for a student overcoming adversity. Madison was a guest speaker at a Young Carers camp and performed at the Rockhampton Wellness Festival. She assisted her community newsletter when it was at risk of closing and is a Headspace Reference Group Leader

Jade Demnar, 26 of Toowong demonstrates leadership in both paid and charitable roles. She is a consultant with Accenture in Change Management and also the Speaker Liaison and Curator for TEDxSouthBank. She is a Director on the Board for Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation and on the University of Queensland’s Young Alumni Advisory Board. The TEDxSouthBank talks that she curated, have three million YouTube views. Jade has also raised $1,500 for 30 girls in developing countries to receive the Cervical Cancer vaccine

Zoie Carroll, 28 of Sunshine Beach started her peer-support network Zottie Dottie for people who suffer with mental health illness. Zottie Dottie has reached 27 countries and shared over 550 stories of inspiring individuals who have overcome adversity. Zoie’s online peer-support community has reached 900,000 people and her Instagram account has had 45,000 engagements. She recently launched a social enterprise called ZD Social, helping to teach organisations how to use the power of social media for social good

 

The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Jarred Turner, 21 of Toowong is the President of IMPACT Social Enterprise, a youth-led organisation educating young people about social entrepreneurship. Jarred designed and launched IMPACT’s School Program into five schools and two universities. He also produced Australia’s largest youth-focused social enterprise conference in 2016. In its third year, IMPACT has turned over $70,000 in revenue allowing them to deliver educational content and immersive social enterprise experiences to over 1,100 young people and upskill 60 volunteers across three states.

Nicole Gibson, 23 of Surfers Paradise is the founder and CEO of The Rogue and Rogue Foundation. The Foundation supports Australia's young people in combating mental health challenges through education and awareness. Nicole and her team has visited 300 Australian communities and consulted with 70,000 young people to discover their mental health barriers. She has been appointed as the youngest ever National Mental Health Commissioner and was named in the Financial Review's top 100 most influential women.

William Smith-Stubbs, 29 of Paddington is a social entrepreneur, writer, speaker and consultant. He is a co-founder of the award winning ‘Spur Projects’ which produces resources for men to take positive action for their mental health. One campaign, ‘How is the World Feeling?’ was a smartphone app mental health survey which secured 11,000 users in 104 countries. William is also a mentor and advisor for Australia's first Indigenous start up accelerator, ‘Barayamal’, fostering Indigenous businesses and closing the economic gap.