Western Australian Young Achiever Awards
WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award:
Guy Coleman, 22 of MOSMAN PARK declined a position in Medicine to pursue studies in Agriculture and is currently working as a research technician. He is the sole content creator, developer and social media operator of AgriEducate, providing a platform for urban-rural connection and education. Since June 2016, AgriEducate’s social media sites have been viewed by 20,000 people. Guy has received five agricultural awards. Competing in marathons, he has also raised $9,000 for MS Australia and Operation Smile.
Jessica Andony, 23 of HARVEY graduated with an Animal Science degree with honours. She supports the WA dairy industry, through research and volunteers at youth cattle camps and the cattle show circuit. Jess is the Young Dairy Network co-ordinator and was integral to the organising of the WA Young Dairy Farmer of the Year Award. She also co-ordinated and delivered fire response requests to the Yarloop dairy farmers affected by the Waroona/Harvey fires, including her own family’s farm.
Katrina Sasse, 29 of CANNA was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to research the farm succession planning process for young women to return to their family farm. She supplemented the scholarship with $15,000 of her own funds to enable global travel to interview female farmers. The study addresses important issues such as female alienation from family farm business succession, disinheritance and agriculture’s patriarchal culture. Her research has already received a great deal of interest and support.
Nicholas Hardie, 20 of BODDINGTON recently graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management. He has numerous prestigious scholarships including the Jack Bendat Royal Agricultural Society Youth Scholarship. Nicholas has been offered a position to become CSBP fertilisers Area Manager for the Moora and Dandaragan region. He is also a committee member for the Moora-Miling pasture improvement group. Nicholas was invited to join Agconnect, a group connecting and informing young people in the agricultural industry.
The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award:
Alister Yiap, 29 of NOLLAMARA is a jewellery designer. He designs jewellery pieces for Runway, Commercial and Gallery. His unique creations for runway shows are fantastical and theatrical "wearable art". He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won many awards including second place in the 2016 Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Awards. He is also a Design Lecturer and judge of art and fashion events. Alister is on Arts industry panels and Jewellery groups and volunteers to review student’s portfolios.
Caine Chennatt, 28 of NEDLANDS received a Churchill Fellowship in 2016, to investigate access and inclusion programs for people with disabilities, to engage with the arts. At the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery he introduced Auslan tours of the exhibitions and three D printing of artworks to facilitate access by sight impaired visitors and those with Alzheimers. Caine created a unique mobile app called LWAG+ providing visitor enhanced tours, with a particular focus for those with a disability.
Leo John Showell, 25 of MOUNT HAWTHORN is a practicing Graduate of Architecture with a passion for culturally responsive design. He has won numerous design competitions and received multiple awards for his work. Leo has exhibited in the Palau Robert Gallery, Barcelona, and created animations for the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. Leo is currently working with internationally-acclaimed architects, Iredale Pedersen Hook on cultivating projects that respond to, and celebrate Western Australia’s diverse and unique cultural landscape.
School Drug Education and Road Aware Health and Wellbeing Award:
Cory Payne, 20 of NEW NORCIA was in a very serious car accident when he was 17. He spent six months in hospital, learning to walk again. Just two weeks after being discharged he walked and finished the 4km “Run for a Reason” raising $19,000 for breast cancer research. To date, he has walked and run and raised $35,000 for charities. Cory also speaks at schools and clubs to raise safe driver awareness to young drivers.
James Fazio, 16 of BALLAJURA has taken a major leadership role in the promotion of mental health issues to the students of Ballajura Community College. James is an ambassador of the Zero2Hero program, partnering with them on a number of mental health initiatives. In consultation with the Principal and College Deputy, James planned positive mental health days to be incorporated into the school calendar. He received the 2015 Long Tan Leadership Award and is the 2017 School Captain.
Jennifer Edwards, 27 of GERALDTON led the Child and Parent Centre initiative in Rangeway, establishing partnerships with schools and the community. She is a Rotary member and was instrumental in establishing the Geraldton Rotaract for 18-30 year olds. Jennifer manages the Geraldton Beach Volleyball competition, both social and league. She coordinated the annual “Volleyball Against Violence”, raising money towards domestic violence prevention. A Type 1 Child Car Restraint installer, Jennifer provides her service free of charge.
Pavitra Aran, 26 of SOUTH PERTH is completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has volunteered for Zero2Hero, a youth suicide prevention group delivering 30 school workshops and was a delegate at the West Australian Catalyst Youth Summit. Pavitra founded a social media project; Young Refugees of Western Australia, creating positive media about young migrants and refugees. She is an active speaker and panellist, and the recipient of a Highly Commended Outstanding Contribution to Multiculturalism Award.
WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award:
Betty Tran, 29 of PERTH is a fashion designer who empowers women. Her headline New York Fashion week design messages of “embracing the skin you are in” and “be brave”, used models from ethnic backgrounds to promote diversity. During Mercedes Benz Fashion week, Betty hosted an event for women in the industry, to celebrate inspiring stories of fearless women who have overcome adversity. She won the 2016 Telstra Western Australian Young Business Woman’s Award and 40 under 40 Business Award.
Ellen Broadhurst, 24 of NORTH FREMANTLE is an emerging artist and curator. During her Fine Art studies, she co-established “HotSoup” café, a free exhibition space for emerging artists and a soup kitchen. Operating for six months, 24/7, and feeding 900 homeless people, Ellen curated and installed nine exhibitions, herself featuring in four of them. She is currently making work for her exhibition at the Revelation Film Festival and runs a soup cart several days a week.
James Buchanan, 25 of JOLIMONT and his business partner Jack, created The Body Consultants, a health and wellness company offering more than just fitness. They share the latest research in physiology, nutrition, psychology and health via their member’s blog. James used social media and email marketing, generating over $2 million and a 25% conversion on sales leads. With three Perth locations and further plans for expansion, The Body Consultants have grown a tribe of committed followers.
Ryan Beckmand, 22 of BALDIVIS is an award-winning technical entrepreneur, transforming learning by using virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and analytics. His startup, Sciosity aims to improve education and high risk training sectors by integrating virtual reality. Sciosity is undergoing early operations in Asia, with a combined sales pipeline expected to exceed six million dollars by December 2017. Ryan is currently working in the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) sector creating counter-narrative campaigns to prevent extremism, which he presented to the United Nations.
Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award:
Bridie Ritchie, 28 of PERTH co-founded the youth-led organisation, “Dismantle Inc” in 2010. Dismantle has assisted 600 at risk youth, through their Bike Rescue project and has an annual turnover of over $500,000. Bridie is also co-founder and Managing Director for the social enterprise “Sprout Ventures”. The Sprout team create pop-up community centres and hubs in new subdivisions before permanent infrastructure is built. The Sprout Hub at Alkimos Beach won the 2015 Australia Social Enterprise Award for Innovation.
Jennifer Edwards, 27 of GERALDTON is passionate about improving early childhood and education outcomes. She played a leading role in establishing the Child and Parent Centre in Rangeway and is Chairperson of the Rangeway Primary School Board. Jennifer took a leadership role with the Midwest Early Years Network and was instrumental to the success of the Network. She coordinated the annual “Volleyball Against Violence” event, raising $4,000 to support a local association who provides education and prevention of domestic violence.
Regan O'Callaghan, 17 of STRATHAM works as a volunteer wildlife carer for organisations including the Native Animal Rescue Centre and Roo Rescue WA. She has also achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Regan raised $4,000 for cancer research in Relay for Life, twice making up her own solo team, “Team Onesie Woman”. She participated in a calendar photo shoot for a 'Love Thy Self' campaign, empowering women and their self-acceptance whilst raising funds for charities.
Theadosia Kurniawan, 19 of DALKEITH has been the president of Buku Berjalan literacy club, promoting Indonesian and English literacy awareness to children from low socioeconomic communities. She has also been a long term, active member of Millennium Kids Inc, an environmental advocacy and action group. Theadosia founded and was President of TEDxUWA, WA’s first University-based and fully student-run TEDx organisation. She was co-founder of The Willy Wagtail Project and participated in Western Australia’s first climate-Kic, addressing challenges and identifying climate change opportunities.
Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award:
Alex Gavranich, 29 of ALBANY is a Senior Policy and Program Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Alex created the City of Wanneroo’s Coastal Assets Policy, the first of its kind in WA. He was awarded a Coastal Management Grant of $45,000, for a thorough risk assessment of Wanneroo’s Coastline. Alex is currently developing a mentoring program for environmental policymakers in developing countries. Alex is also a Board Director for the South Coast Natural Resource Management.
Bella Burgemeister, 11 of DALYELLUP created the book “Bella’s Challenge”, which is a child’s take on the UN 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Bella pitched her project in front of 100 adults and was granted a micro-grant of $1,300 for printing and distribution. Primary schools in greater Bunbury, are being donated a copy of Bella’s book. As Junior President for Millennium Kids, she attends workshops to receive public speaking development and specific sustainability development skills.
James McCarthy-Price, 28 of SOUTH PERTH is a Wave Energy Engineer and an environmentalist. He founded “Entrepreneering”, an educational career pathway event for high achieving students. He also successfully campaigned for the University of WA to introduce a renewable energy subject. James volunteers with the Australian Ocean Energy Working Group reviewing its capacity to become a leader and global exporter of ocean energy technologies. His goal is to harness wave energy and produce the world’s first cost-effective wave energy converter.
Dr Matthew Fraser, 28 of BRABHAM is a marine scientist studying seagrass meadows in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The area is home to endangered marine megafauna such as dugongs and turtles. Matthew created the Cottesloe Ecosystem Research Project where undergraduate students research one component of the Cottesloe Reef ecosystem - plants, invertebrates, or fish. They add data to a pre-existing long term dataset to report on changes, providing valuable monitoring. All reports are freely available to the public online.
Surge Fitness Sports Award:
Brianna Throssell, 20 of CITY BEACH is an Olympic swimmer. She won seven medals at the Youth Olympics and placed 4th in the World Championships. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brianna qualified 7th fastest for the women's 200 m butterfly final by finishing 3rd in her semi-final. She volunteers for many causes and charities. Brianna is studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Pre-Medicine Certificate and is pursuing her dream of being a doctor.
Bronte Macaulay, 22 of GRACETOWN has confirmed her position on next year’s World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour, after finishing in second place on the 2016 Women’s World Qualifying Series. The Championship Tour comprises the top 17 women in the world competing for the world title. Bronte regularly travels internationally, with approximately 15 surfing competitions each year and has weekly physical and technical training. She is also studying off campus to be a primary school teacher.
Curtis Luck, 20 of WOODLANDS is an Australian amateur golfer. In March 2017 he became the world number one ranked amateur golfer, heading the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He won the US Amateur Men’s Championship and has secured a spot for the upcoming US Masters tournament in April at Augusta. Curtis also volunteers and assists at junior clinics and state events, including the Western Australia Open. He was involved with two charity golf days, raising $200,000 for local charities.
Kristina Perrin, 21 of GOOMALLING has been competing in Karate for 13 years. She is currently undefeated in Western Australia for the open weight division and is number one in Australia in the women’s division. Currently in the Australian team, she is looking towards selection at the 2020 TOKYO Olympic Games. Kristina runs her own Karate club with 25 students. She keeps fees low and provides private, free lessons to some of her students.
Awards Australia Community Service and Volunteering Award:
Dylan Collard, 24 of EAST VICTORIA PARK is a voluntary founding member of the Victoria Park Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group. The group educates on reconciliation and culture using mediums of art, music, photography, story-telling and performances. The group has performed at NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week. Dylan was a Youth Panel member at the KickArts Festival and provides voluntary speaking presentations on Aboriginal culture. Already a Law Graduate, Dylan will also graduate as a teacher this year.
Sophie Telfer, 18 of DARKAN is the founder and editorial coordinator of the Wheatbelt Local. It is an online blog showcasing interviews with inspirational residents and articles on travel, agriculture and health. Sophie has developed the popular #lifeinthewheatbelt project, allowing locals to manage the Instagram account and share photos. Since its launch in 2014, it has grown to a community of 4,000. She also organised the Wheatbelt Walking Challenge, the Wheatbelt Christmas Card Exchange and the Wheatbelt Roads calendar.
Struan Graham, 22 of EDGEWATER is an active firefighter with Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. He regularly takes part in extra brigade duties, volunteering for prescribed burning, community days and fire emergencies. Struan also developed the websites for both Wanneroo Central and Wanneroo Support Brigades. His work with online media has assisted in maintaining membership numbers. He has also spoken with over 340 school children, teaching them about home fire safety, bush fires and emergency situations.
Taylor Hayward, 24 of NOLLAMARA is a proud Noongar man. Currently studying for his Masters of Business and working part-time, he also co-founded the Mila Foundation. Mila is the Noongar word for; 'for the future'. The Foundation supports Aboriginal youth to connect to their culture, build leadership skills and develop career pathways. The Mila Aboriginal Youth Program has increased attendance at school from 50% to 95% on Mila Foundation days. Taylor also co-facilities the Mila Foundation Cultural Immersion Programs.