TASMANIA

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2017 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

The Hon Will Hodgman MP and The Hon Elise Archer MP with the 2017 winners at the Gala Presentation Dinner


Overall Winner - Premier's Young Achiever of the Year

Dr Jessica Manuela, 28 of Blackmans Bay is a qualified oral care professional, dedicated to raising awareness of oral health. Opening her own practice two years ago, she already has 3,000 registered patients. Jessica also volunteers 20 to 30 hours each week, speaking with school students about oral hygiene and running community information evenings. She is the chairperson for the Oral Health Promotion Committee of the Tasmanian Dental Association and was awarded the 2012 New Zealand and Australian Society of paediatrics award

 

Colony 47 Young Indigenous Achievement Award

Jacob Prehn, 29 of Kingston has dedicated six years to improving Tasmanian Aboriginal health outcomes. He is the volunteer Deputy chairman of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers Association. Jacob works part-time in Aboriginal Research and Leadership at the University of Tasmania and his PHD will focus on men’s mental health to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal people. Jacob is working with the CEO of Karadi to build the state’s first Aboriginal men’s shed.

 

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Tyler Richardson, 29 of Sandy Bay is the self-taught lead singer and songwriter for punk rock band, Luca Brasi. Tyler has 40 songs credited to him over five record releases; the last three charting on the ARIA chart. Luca Brasi have won multiple awards including Best Punk Band in 2016. The band has performed to 40,000 people across Australia, UK and Europe and their upcoming Australian headline tour is sold out. In addition to passionately promoting Tasmania, Tyler fundraises for LGBTIQ youth, refugees and Indigenous causes.

 

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award

Mohammad Nourouzi, 23 of South Launceston arrived as a refugee in 2013 with no English. He is a volunteer interpreter and at The Door of Hope and fixes bicycles and cars for those in need. Mohammad is active in his Afghan Hazara community, promoting cultural activities and inclusion. He is a volunteer leader for Tasmania Parks and Wildlife and a Green Army conservation volunteer. Mohammad is also a member of the Migrant Resource Centre’s Youth Advisory Network and worked for Red Cross.


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award

Dr Jessica Manuela, 28 of Blackmans Bay is a qualified oral care professional, dedicated to raising awareness of oral health. Opening her own practice two years ago, she already has 3,000 registered patients. Jessica also volunteers 20 to 30 hours each week, speaking with school students about oral hygiene and running community information evenings. She is the chairperson for the Oral Health Promotion Committee of the Tasmanian Dental Association and was awarded the 2012 New Zealand and Australian Society of paediatrics award

 

TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Shai Denny, 22 of Ridgely was born with Downs Syndrome and is a tireless ambassador for people with a disability. Employed with Family Based Care Association, she worked as Co-Director of "PULSE", a project for people with a disability to become involved in arts based performances. Shai created and taught most of the choreography and assisted in all production decisions including the costuming and presentation of acts. Shai volunteers at countless organisations and is currently studying child care.

 

 

 

Motors Group Tasmania Sports Award

Ariarne Titmus, 16 of Launceston is an Australian swimming star. In 2016, she was selected as the youngest team member of the Australian Dolphins World Short Course Swimming team to compete in Canada. She made the finals in three divisions of the World Open Short Course Championships, finishing 4th in two races and 6th in another. She is also ranked 1st in Australia for the short course open 400m freestyle and 8th internationally for the short course 800m freestyle.

 

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, Teaching Excellence Award

Caitlin Cashion, 27 of Huntingfield is an Advanced Skills Teacher at Fairview Primary School and is passionate about helping ‘at-risk’ and ‘dis-engaged’ students. She is currently studying a Masters of Education and uses her research to implement programs to engage students. In collaboration with Beacon Foundation, Caitlin led an Alternative Learning Day for year 7 to 10 students providing hands-on, real world relevance and problem solving sessions. Caitlin has been Acting Principal and mentors colleagues through modelling, research and leading professional development sessions.