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Seven News Young Achiever Awards QLD

2017 Winners 

 

The 2017 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner, along with The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth.

 

Overall Winner - Queensland Young Achiever of the Year

Edda Hamar, 27 of New Farm is the co-founder of Undress Runways, Australia’s largest sustainable fashion show, which showcases Australia’s ethical designers. Undress Runways provides a platform for photographers, makeup artists and models looking to start their fashion career. Edda also created The Naked Mag to display raw and real stories from behind the scenes. She was selected as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians and has presented numerous TEDx talks on her journey as a young entrepreneur.

 

Kirsten Stallard representing Edda Hamar

 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award

Chern’ee Sutton, 20 of Calavos is a Kalkadoon woman with a plan to improve the acceptance of indigenous Australians though her art. She has a reconciliation painting hanging permanently in Queensland’s Parliament House and also in Buckingham Palace. Chern’ee has donated $110,000 of her artwork to charities and been asked by Dreamworld to paint a memorial for the lives lost on the River Rapids Ride. She also designed the Indigenous component and story for Borobi the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games masco.

 

 

iFly Online Achievement Award

Kim Allom, 26 of Ashgrove is a video games producer. She believes that online game playing should not just be for children and that it builds motor skills, teamwork and social skills. Kim is the Producer at Defiant Development, producing numerous video games including Hand of Fate which has over 2 million downloads. Her side project, Blush Box Games produces games that explore love and romance. Kim is also a mentor for young girls through the Tech Girls Movement.

 

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Edda Hamar, 27 of New Farm is the co-founder of Undress Runways, Australia’s largest sustainable fashion show, which showcases Australia’s ethical designers. Undress Runways provides a platform for photographers, makeup artists and models looking to start their fashion career. Edda also created The Naked Mag to display raw and real stories from behind the scenes. She was selected as a Young Social Pioneer by the Foundation for Young Australians and has presented numerous TEDx talks on her journey as a young entrepreneur.

 

Kirsten Stallard representing Edda Hamar

 

LGIAsuper Community Volunteer Award

Keely Johnson, 18 of AYR has an incurable brain tumour, but has raised almost half a million dollars for childhood cancer charities. She has founded her own cancer charity, The Golden Octopus Foundation to help upgrade paediatric oncology facilities in regional hospitals and implement community childhood cancer nurses. Keely is part of the steering committee for upgrading children's health services with Queensland Health and has been invited to be a keynote speaker and open the 2017 National conference of Australian Adolescence Health.

 

 

Access Community Services – Multicultural Youth Queensland (MyQ) Cultural Diversity Award

Tamara Richardson, 23 of Herston founded PACE48, a regional, multinational youth led culture movement promoting access to cultural education across 48 Asia Pacific countries. PACE 48 facilitates cross cultural and intercultural relations with the youth of the Asia Pacific and currently has 115 volunteers with a weekly reach of over 22,000. Tamara is an elected student member of the University of Queensland’s Academic Board and an appointed Associate of the UNESCO Chair in Intercultural & Inter-religious Relations.

 

 

BB Print Leadership Award

Zoie Carroll, 28 of Sunshine Beach started her peer-support network Zottie Dottie for people who suffer with mental health illness. Zottie Dottie has reached 27 countries and shared over 550 stories of inspiring individuals who have overcome adversity. Zoie’s online peer-support community has reached 900,000 people and her Instagram account has had 45,000 engagements. She recently launched a social enterprise called ZD Social, helping to teach organisations how to use the power of social media for social good.

 

 

The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Jarred Turner, 21 of Toowong is the President of IMPACT Social Enterprise, a youth-led organisation educating young people about social entrepreneurship. Jarred designed and launched IMPACT’s School Program into five schools and two universities. He also produced Australia’s largest youth-focused social enterprise conference in 2016. In its third year, IMPACT has turned over $70,000 in revenue allowing them to deliver educational content and immersive social enterprise experiences to over 1,100 young people and upskill 60 volunteers across three states.

 

 

2016 Winners of the Queensland Young Achiever Awards

The 2016 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner, along with The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth and MC for the evening Kendall Gilding, 7NEWS Presenter.

 

Overall Winner - Queensland Young Achiever of the Year

Justice King, 17 of Mount Isa is the founder of “The Youth League”, a group of 12-18 year olds who voluntarily run youth events specifically to deter crime and provide young role models in their community. Justice is a passionate youth mental health advocate and is actively involved with Headspace, and RUOK? Day. She was appointed Youth Mayor of the Mt Isa Youth Council, and awarded the 2015 Young Citizen of the Year.

The Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth presents Justice King as the Queensland Young Achiever of the Year.

 

The University of Queensland Create Change Award

Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett, 21 of Herston co-founded Orange Sky Laundry, a mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness. Nicholas and Lucas have also developed a comprehensive training program and provide ongoing support to their 300 volunteers. Orange Sky Laundry now has a fleet of seven vehicles and operates in four states. They have connected with hundreds of people experiencing homelessness and provided 70,000kgs of washing and drying to those in need.

Professor Doune Macdonald, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor at The University of Queensland presented Nicholas Marchesi & Lucas Patchett with the Create Change Award.

 

Access Community Services – Multicultural Youth Queensland Cultural Diversity Award

Terry-Ann Eason, 16 of Eagleby is a member of the Police Citizens Youth Club and a Youth Management team leader. Terry-Ann is proud of her Filipino culture and encourages young people to embrace multiculturalism. She participates in Multicultural Day at her high school and was involved in an anti-bullying rap song and film clip. Terry-Ann volunteers at community and fundraising events, at nursing homes and is a spokesperson for the Youth Club.

Gail Ker OAM, CEO of Access Community Services, presented Terry-Ann Eason with the Cultural Diversity Award.

 

Wade Sawmill Environment & Sustainability Award

Max Burns, 27 of North Ward is passionate about his nutrient recycling research. He gives lectures to university, high school and permaculture design course students. Max volunteers as an area co-ordinator with Food Rescue Initiative, collecting and redistributing fresh produce to 11 different charities. He also volunteers as community garden co-ordinator for Permaculture Townsville Inc., is a member of the Townsville Community Garden committee and a student representative for the JCU Sustainability Action Group.

Marian Wade, Owner Manager at Wade Sawmill, presnted Max Burns with the Environment & Sustainability Award.

 

iFly Online Achievement Award

Matthew Kelly, 28 of Brisbane co-founded the Living Outrageously Podcast, and has a following of 70,000 global viewers. He wrote Outsource Your MVP, a number one ranked book, now in its fourth edition. Matthew is also founder of Just Media Design, a social media advisory agency, which has over 4.2 million people actively engaged. He has spoken at the Junior Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals Network and has interviewed some of the biggest influencers in social media.

Chip Popescu, Managing Director at iFly, presented Matthew Kelly with the Online Achievement Award.

 

Kennelly Constructions Aboriginal Achievement Award

Justice King, 17 of Mount Isa is the founder of “The Youth League”, a group of 12-18 year olds who voluntarily run youth events specifically to deter crime and provide young role models in their community. Justice is a passionate youth mental health advocate and is actively involved with Headspace, and RUOK? Day. She was appointed Youth Mayor of the Mt Isa Youth Council, and awarded the 2015 Young Citizen of the Year.

Shane Kennelly, Managing Director and Adam Kelly, Director of Operations at Kennelly Constructions presented Justice King with the Aboriginal Achievement Award.

 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Chris Raine, 29 of Caloundra is the CEO and founder of Hello Sunday Morning, an online global program delivering support to thousands of people with detrimental relationships with alcohol. The program provides the foundation for alcohol behaviour change, and so far has helped over 70,000 people. With further funding he hopes to develop his model for other addictions and mental health treatment. For his work Chris won the 2015 Macquarie Bank Social Innovation Award.

Luke Fraser, Stakeholder and New Business Manager QLD, presented Chris Raine with the Career Kick Start Award.

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Connor O'Grady, 15 of Bridgeman Downs is an aspiring fashion designer. He is also currently designing and sewing turbans for the Wesley Hospital Choices Cancer Support Charity, and in September will travel to Cambodia to undertake local community service in a remote village. After winning Grand Champion in Fashion for three consecutive years at the Brisbane RNA, he has been asked to be the inaugural junior fashion judge for the 2016 competition.

John Lazrou, Director of The Coffee Club, presented Connor O'Grady with the Arts and Fashion Award.

 

BB Print Leadership Award

Nicole Gibson, 22 of Miami is the founder and CEO of The Rogue and Rogue Foundation, a mental health and education charity. Nicole has provided 2,500 workshops for more than 70,000 young people across Australia. She is a National Mental Health Commissioner with the Australian Government, providing independent consultation and advice. Nicole made the Westpac’s 100 Most Influential Women list in 2014.

Mel Ireland, Membership Relations Executive, Ai Group representing BB Print, presented Nicole Gibson with the Leadership Award.