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Queensland Young Achiever Awards

2017 Winners of the Queensland Young Achiever Awards

 

 

The 2017 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner, along with The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth.

 

Overall Winner - Queensland Young Achiever of the Year

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.

 

Kirsten Stallard representing Edda Hamar

 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award

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.

 

iFly Online Achievement Award

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.

Kirsten Stallard representing Edda Hamar

 

LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award

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.

 

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

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.


BB Print Leadership Award

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.