WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australian Young Achiever Awards

2016 Winners of the Western Australian Young Achiever Awards

2016 Winners with the Honourable Martin Aldridge MLC, Member for Agricultural Region

 

Overall Winner - Premier's Young Achiever Award

Elizabeth Brennan, 29 of Wongan Hills is a proud advocate for rural Australia, and a role model for young women in agriculture. She is President of the Australian Women in Agriculture and a member of the World Farmer’s Organisation Women’s Committee. Elizabeth was a key member of the organising committee for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary and she volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Elizabeth volunteered with AusAID in Papua New Guinea for two years and received a Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 Outstanding Emerging Leader Award.


The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Kathryn Osborne, 28 of Mount Lawley is a director, producer and theatre maker. She co-founded The Duck House, an ensemble of five theatre makers that have presented nine professional and original productions over the past 5 years. As General Manager of The Last Great Hunt, Kathryn has produced nine new works, launched ten international tours and secured state funding worth $600,000. She is now the artistic director for the Riptide Youth Theatre Company and a producer at CircuitWest. Kathryn was awarded Best New Play at the 2015 Performing Arts WA Awards.

Kathryn Osborne (right), with John Lazarou (left), Director, The Coffee Club


Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award

Christine Parfitt, 29 of Cottesloe has a passion for marine conservation and is undertaking a PhD in Environmental Education. She developed Bottle for Botol, partnering Australian and Indonesian students to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. Her charity has worked with over 12,000 Australian students and 7,000 Indonesian students to raise awareness of the detrimental impacts of plastic on the marine environment. Since 2013, more than 100,000 plastic cups and bottles have been saved from release into the ocean, with numbers expected to be over one million this year.

Christine Parfitt (left) with Tim Scott (right), Joint General Manager, Scott Print


Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award

Ashlee Harrison, 28 of Churchlands founded “Zero2Hero” after losing her step-father to suicide. Zero2Hero facilitates educational programs to ensure every young person is educated and empowered to effectively deal with mental health issues. The program now reaches more than 70 schools and over 80,000 students. Ashlee volunteered with Lifeline WA, was a seminar leader and coach with Landmark Education and participated in the Young Social Pioneer Program. She was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

 

Ashlee Harrison (right) with Dr Tim McDonald, CEO, Catholic Education Western Australia


Goodlife Health Clubs Health and Wellbeing Award

Claire Willis, 26 of West Leederville is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, completing her PhD focussing on the participation outcomes of children with disabilities. She has presented at professional development workshops to increase the understanding of paediatric exercise for allied health professionals and teachers. Claire has had eight abstracts accepted for presentations at leading childhood disability conferences, some of which have been published in high ranking journals. She attended the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability and was awarded the MindLink Brightwater Interdisciplinary Focused Research Award.

Claire Willis (left) with Kyle Edmonds, Fitness Director, Goodlife Health Clubs


Awards Australia Community Service and Volunteering Award

Elizabeth Brennan, 29 of Wongan Hills is a proud advocate for rural Australia, and a role model for young women in agriculture. She is President of the Australian Women in Agriculture and a member of the World Farmer’s Organisation Women’s Committee. Elizabeth was a key member of the organising committee for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary and she volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Elizabeth volunteered with AusAID in Papua New Guinea for two years and received a Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 Outstanding Emerging Leader Award.

Elizabeth Brennan (left) with Geoff Griffin (right), Director, Awards Australia


AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Connie Yarran, 21 of Kellerberrin is the manager and lead choreographer for all Aboriginal, youth hip-hop dance crews, Static Crew and Lil Sparks. Connie has choreographed over 25 routines, and become a mentor and role model for her dancers. They have performed for Celebrate WA, the 2014 Youth Awards and several NAIDOC Opening Ceremonies. Impressed by Connie’s initiative and leadership potential, Community Arts Network have offered her a position as a regional Youth Arts Officer and assisted her to obtain a Certificate 4 in Dance Instruction.

Connie Yarran (right) with Margie Hill, General Manager People and Culture, AustralianSuper