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Seven News Young Achiever Awards - NSW/ACT

2018 Winners of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

 

 

The 2018 Winners with The Hon John Barilaro MP, NSW Deputy Premier and Michael Usher, 7NEWS Presenter

 

Overall Winner - 2018 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year

Michael Bonnici, 20 of Alfords Point contributes over 200 volunteer hours every year. He is Director of Lifesaving, educational speaker and award-winning Patrol Captain at Wanda Surf Club. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Salvation Army. Michael raised $3,000 for Samaritans Purse Australia and volunteered time to help build schools in disadvantaged Battambang, Cambodia. He was recently named as the Sydney South Young and Overall Volunteer of the Year.

The 2018 NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year, Michael Bonnici with The Hon John Barilaro MP, NSW Deputy Premier

 

Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award

Hailee Provest, 22 of Windradyne is employed as an Aboriginal Family Guide by Centacare Bathurst. She is a strong advocate for ongoing education for Aboriginal people. Hailee completed her Diploma of Community Services, with distinction in 2015 and leads the development and delivery of a wide range of educational activities. A trained facilitator in Sista Speak, Keeping Children Safe and Out of The Dark, she achieves outstanding outcomes for families in her community.

 

Hailee Provest was presented by Beverley Baker, Executive Officer, Aboriginal Education Council

 

First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Emma Byrne, 27 of Canberra is a change maker and regional youth ambassador. She worked closely with ACT Police coordinating the Champions ACT campaign, encouraging young people to look after each other when drinking alcohol. Emma has encouraged government agencies to embrace online technology and her NSW National Youth Week work improved information provision and community engagement. Her online engagement strategy for the NSW Corrective Services, Sober Driver Program represented a significant shift in police practice.

 

Emma Byrne was presented by Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate


Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award

Michael Bonnici, 20 of Alfords Point contributes over 200 volunteer hours every year. He is Director of Lifesaving, educational speaker and award-winning Patrol Captain at Wanda Surf Club. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels, Australian Red Cross Blood Service and Salvation Army. Michael raised $3,000 for Samaritans Purse Australia and volunteered time to help build schools in disadvantaged Battambang, Cambodia. He was recently named as the Sydney South Young and Overall Volunteer of the Year.

 

Michael Bonnici was presented by Kevin McGlinn, Past Grand Secretary, Freemasons NSW & ACT

Soroptimist International Women Creating Change Award

Anastasia Volkova, 26 of Eveleigh founded FluroSat, which focuses on sustainable technological solutions to overcome food scarcity. Fifty per cent of FluroSat staff are women. In its first 12 months, FluroSat raised $1 million in venture and grant funding and achieved $230,000 in revenue. Anastasia empowers future generations of female STEM professionals with education and opportunities. She received the 2017 Zonta International Amelia Earhart Award and is currently completing her PhD in aeronautical engineering.

 

Anastasia Volkova, represented by Dr Xanthe Coot was presented by Nerida Murray, President, Soroptimist International Region of New South Wales Inc

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Grace Partridge, 25 of Northbridge founded Antidote, a network to champion gender equality and cultivate social change through art. Grace has grown Antidote to have an Instagram following of 12,000 people and has held four annual curated public exhibitions. She was invited to be a permanent co-facilitator of the annual Aspire Me drama program for rural NSW children. Grace also served as both vice-President and President of the Vision Generation society.

Grace Partridge was presented by Jason Travis, Regional Development Manager NSW, The Coffee Club

 

WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Alix O’Hara, 29 of Deakin has overcome domestic violence and homelessness to successfully found Mashblox. Mashblox consists of hollow silicon building blocks that parents fill with food, allowing infants to learn to feed themselves, eating only until full. Alix was awarded Canberra Women in Business, Young Businesswoman of the Year in 2017, and attained a New Small Business Management Certificate. Her mission is to reduce infant obesity, whilst making nutritional food fun.

 

Alix O’Hara was presented by Rachael Callaghan, Distribution Manager, WFI Insurance

 

Worldwide Sports Award

Jemma Smith, 18 of Daleys Point is a Surf Life Saving and Kayaking athlete. Jemma was named the Surf Life Saving Australia Young Athlete of the Year for both 2016 and 2017. She is captain of the Australian Youth Team and is the current World Youth Ironwoman, board and ski champion. At the surf club, Jemma trains, coaches and assist with the nippers when competition and travel schedule permits.

Jemma Smith, represented by Bill Cook, was presented by Steve Southwell, Account Manager NSW/VIC/SA, Worldwide