QUEENSLAND

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards QLD

2021 Winners

 

2021 Winners with Jan Schutt, General Manager, Royal on the Park

Overall Winner - 2021 Queensland Young Achiever of the Year

Kyle Ryan, 21 of Inala has a passion for the Indigenous Community. Kyle is on the Inala Wangarra Board, who support local Indigenous events and people to ensure culture is being practised and oversee programs providing legal support for juvenile offenders. Kyle is an ambassador at Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, where he shares his story and provides information about life after high school. As part of the ATSI Studies Unit at University of Queensland, Kyle mentors at domestic outreach camps. He is part of the Queensland Australian Indigenous Health Council’s Indigenous Youth Health Committee, which develops the QLD ATSI Health Strategy for 2020-2023.

 

2021 Young Achiever of the Year QLD Kyle Ryan with Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award

Kyle Ryan, 21 of Inala has a passion for the Indigenous Community. Kyle is on the Inala Wangarra Board, who support local Indigenous events and people to ensure culture is being practised and oversee programs providing legal support for juvenile offenders. Kyle is an ambassador at Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation, where he shares his story and provides information about life after high school. As part of the ATSI Studies Unit at University of Queensland, Kyle mentors at domestic outreach camps. He is part of the Queensland Australian Indigenous Health Council’s Indigenous Youth Health Committee, which develops the QLD ATSI Health Strategy for 2020-2023.

 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award Winner Kyle Ryan with Shane Kennelly, Co-Founder, Kennelly Constructions

The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Angelique Hallett, 17 of Sippy Creek is making a change in the lives of children affected by domestic violence. Angelique started Loving Hope Bears, a social enterprise that allows customers the opportunity to support children in local domestic violence shelters by giving them a new teddy bear. Her goal is to dramatically decrease the long-lasting effects of domestic violence on children by providing them with comfort. To develop her entrepreneurial skills, Angelique completed programs for young entrepreneurs and has earned Diplomas in Business and Event Management. Angelique was awarded the 2021 Young Citizen of the Year for the Sunshine Coast.

 

The University of Queensland Create Change Award Winner Angelique Hallett with Rongyu Li, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), The University of Queensland

Qoin Small Business Achiever Award

Scott Millar, 20 of Newstead turned a school business project into a thriving education company. Scott co-launched BOP Industries, with a mission to inspire the next generation of digital creators. They deliver programs teaching primary and high school students 21st-century skills around entrepreneurship, innovation and STEM. Their programs were backed by the knowledge and expertise of their educators and industry partners. Since 2018, they have worked with 50,000 students in over 36 locations worldwide. They have received a $30,000 investment from Queensland University of Technology and a $50,000 investment from Rio Tinto. Scott previously founded a holographic entertainment company while he was a Year 12 student.

 

Qoin Small Business Achiever Award Winner Scott Millar (rep. by Liam Millward) with Andrew Barker, Chief Marketing Officer, Qoin

Leveraged Solutions Health and Wellbeing Award

Mikaela Seymour, 28 of Hamilton is committed to rural health outcomes in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Mikaela is a medical doctor who works in Middle Fly, PNG as an Aerial Health Patrol team member, providing essential public and preventative medical care. Dr Seymour founded the Project Yumi Bush Dokta Initiative, after realising many rural health clinics were not receiving essential equipment and supplies. Through the Initiative, Mikaela has assisted rural health care workers on the frontline in supporting their communities. Throughout 2019, she was able to transport donations to hospitals. Mikaela has committed to further study a Masters of Public Health to improve the Initiative’s effectiveness.

 

Leveraged Solutions Health and Wellbeing Award Winner Dr Mikaela Seymour with Allan Hilzinger, Co-Founder, Leveraged Solutions

Awards Australia Community Volunteer Award

Clancy and Harry Taske, 10 and 13 of Redland Bay are committed to making life-long impacts on people. Each year, the brothers choose an organisation who help people in need and organise a donation to help that group. They put the call out to their schools, friends, family members and extra-curricular groups. They collect the items such as blankets for the homeless, food hampers, backpacks for children who are victims of domestic violence and second-hand sporting goods for drought-affected areas of outback Queensland. They most recently collected items for RizeUp, an organisation that rehomes women and families who fled domestic violence situations. The boys set themselves a goal every year.

 

Awards Australia Community Volunteer Award Winners Clancy and Harry Taske with Superintendent Kerry Johnson, First Nations and Multicultural Affairs Unit, Queensland Police Service

First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Majella Ritchie, 28 of Aspley is working towards supporting disengaged youth and closing the gap in Indigenous Education. In 2017, Majella became the youngest principal in Australia and helped increase her school’s average attendance rate to 98%. She mentors beginning teachers on the importance of understanding Aboriginal and Torres Islander cultural links and embedding them in the classroom. Majella led a petition and contacted Unilever to discuss issues associated with young people using Rexona cans as inhalant. She communicated with Queensland Police to strategize ways to prevent children from chroming. Majella has a Post Graduate in Special Needs Education and Diploma of Criminal Psychology and Justice.

 

First National Real Estate Leadership Award Winner Majella Ritchie with Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate

BB Print Regional Achiever Award

Carla Schesser, 26 of Gold Coast has worked hard to overcome incredible odds. Carla worked her way up to become CEO of Five By Five, a $3 million revenue digital agency. Despite Covid-19, she was able to keep all of their staff employed and steered the company to a 48% profit growth. Carla published her first book, “#Success: Mastering the Basics to a Happy, Healthy and Wealthy Life”, at age 19. Carla is a Rare Disease Day Ambassador, having first-hand experience of being born with a rare and undiagnosed disease that has left her physically weak and told she would never walk – something that she has proven wrong. Carla won the 2017 Cairns Regional Council Young Women of the Year.

 BB Print Regional Achiever Award Winner Carla Schesser with Michelle Tayler, Executive Director, Communications, Culture and Engagement Division, Queensland Police Service

Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Award

Katie Norbury, 25 of Newmarket is ending the stigma around vaginal health. Katie runs an Instagram called Get Papped, aiming to normalise women’s health and make people accountable for getting a pap smear. Katie has cards for 25th birthdays to be gifted to friends which come with a promise that the giver would attend the pap smear if the recipient is scared to go alone. She has done podcasts to promote women’s health, answer questions and recommend friendly, approachable doctors. She encourages other women to get their pap smear and stop it from being taboo subject. Katie has a degree in Communication and Marketing.

Soroptimist International Women Empowering Others Award Winner Katie Norbury with Vicki Bailey, Past President, Soroptimist International South Queensland