SOUTH AUSTRALIA

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards - SA

2020 Winners of the 7NEWS Young Achiever Awards - SA

South Australian Young Achiever of the Year Award

 

Shane Cook, 28 of Salisbury East is dedicated to giving back to the community. A proud Wulli Wulli and Guwa descendant, Shane successfully juggles being an artist and a youth mentor. He runs Street Dreamz, a business that handles both spontaneous and scheduled art projects and provides mentoring by encouraging cultural exploration, expression of emotions without words and the processing of complex feelings. Shane is a Peer Mentor for Step Out program, offering valuable mentoring support to young people involved with the youth justice system to reconnect with the community and pursue positive lifestyles. He has helped co-design and facilitate a culturally specific men’s fitness and wellbeing program.

 

Carclew Creative Achievement Award

Edwin Kemp Attrill, 29 of Brompton is a multi-award winning theatre director. At age 17, Edwin started ActNow Theatre, a company dedicated to creating social justice outcomes through the power of art. ActNow employs dozens of artists each year and is a major employer of First Nations and Culturally Diverse artists in SA. As Artisti Director and CEO, Edwin oversaw the establishment of ActNow’s MakeSpace, a rehearsal/performance space in Adelaide CBD. Edwin received a 2017 South Australian Geoff Crowhurst Memorial Award and a 2018 Australia Council Kirk Robson Award both for his community arts practice. He has worked and trained across Australia, in Canada, India, and Taiwan.

 

Department of Human Services Aboriginal Achievement Award

Shane Cook, 28 of Salisbury East is dedicated to giving back to the community. A proud Wulli Wulli and Guwa descendant, Shane successfully juggles being an artist and a youth mentor. He runs Street Dreamz, a business that handles both spontaneous and scheduled art projects and provides mentoring by encouraging cultural exploration, expression of emotions without words and the processing of complex feelings. Shane is a Peer Mentor for Step Out program, offering valuable mentoring support to young people involved with the youth justice system to reconnect with the community and pursue positive lifestyles. He has helped co-design and facilitate a culturally specific men’s fitness and wellbeing program.

 

First National Real Estate Innovation Award

Tom Welsby, 28 of Payneham strives to build communities. Tom founded ResVu in mid 2017 as a means to promote and build communities within residential sites and apartment buildings around Australia. Through capital raised from SA companies and individuals, the App provides multiple products. CommunitiLink engages residents to connect with management 24/7, report maintenance issues, and more. CommunitiLocal supports local businesses by promoting their product or service to residents within a one-kilometre radius. FMLink are for facilities managers of large sites while FMLink Inspector offers specific benefits to service providers. A finalist at Urban Developer Awards, ResVu won the Australian eChallenge 2017 and State Award 2017.

 

Minister for Innovation and Skills Outstanding Apprentice Award

Tayla Carll, 18 of Gawler East is career-driven. Tayla is enrolled in a fabrication engineering apprenticeship at Stratco and registered with TAFE SA at Regency Park. She has completed Year 12 studies at St Patrick’s Technical College, specialising in the metals and engineering field. Her high-functioning Autism has made her a more visual person who excelled in the practical and technical subjects. Despite dealing with anxiety disorder and speech and learning delay, Tayla has completed work at Levett Engineering, Century Engineering, Air Force, and Defence, Science and Technology Organisation. Due to her determination, her employer enrolled her into extra courses with TAFE SA for additional qualifications.

 

Multicultural Youth South Australia Spirit of Resilience Award

Grace Paye, 22 of Manningham strives to help others. Grace arrived in Australia in 2016 after experiencing adversity, grief and challenges in Liberia. She spent most of her childhood during the Liberian Civil War. After experiencing mental health related issues and watching someone go through something that could break a person, she decided to create a girls’ group to provide a safe space for young women to create and build strength. The group aims to build friendship among the vulnerable by helping one another and discussing life problems. They meet every weekend and have started to volunteer at local community centres and run empowerment workshops.

 

Rural Doctors Workforce Agency Rural Health Award

Zibeon Fielding, 26 of Mimili is instilled with positivity and boundless energy. Zibeon is an Aboriginal Healthcare Worker at Mimili Clinic where he promotes healthy lifestyles to Indigenous Australians. He ran an ultra-marathon through his homelands on APY Lands and raised over $50,000 to open a dialysis clinic and over $40,000 to build a gym. Although rejected three times to get into the international marathon run, he trained hard to realise his dream and ran his first marathon in New York City. Zibeon is dedicated to helping close the gap in Indigenous health whilst battling systematic racism. He has been awarded SA Young Australian of the Year.

 

Santos Regional Service Award

Blake Brougham, 18 of Whyalla is the Deputy Mayor of the Whyalla Youth Advisory. He has been doing community work since he was eight years old, when he started playing guitar with a local music tuition school. Blake has raised funds through events and concerts such as Jeans for Genes Day, The Whyalla Tappers benefit concert for cancer and The Whyalla Carols in the Park. As a head youth leader at Whyalla Music Association, he mentors young people and organises events. He became Publicity Officer of COMET, a not-for-profit that targets original musicians from the region to put on a free concert for the public.

 

Scouts SA Leadership Award

Sallee Shepherd, 17 of Tailem Bend is passionate about achieving great things and is the Mayor of the Murray Bridge Youth Council. She participated in the Coorong Connection Youth Network and volunteers for the Tailem Bend Community Centre, providing administrative, marketing and fundraising support. Sallee has participated in Music Hall, Pedal Prix and Christmas Parades and initiated a Mem Fox Green Sheep art installation in the community playground. Sallee received the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award. In addition to running a business called Sallee’s Cupcakes, she leads as an umpire and captain of the Tailem Bend Netball Club.

 

The University of Adelaide STEM Award

Dr Lauren Meyer, 29 of Bedford Park is committed to sustainability. Lauren investigated the impacts of wildlife tourism for her PhD at Flinders University, particularly the effects of cage diving on white sharks. Her work contributed to the implementation of new regulations and new tourism assessment frameworks used by the Department of Environment and Water. She also innovated the field of biochemical ecology and detailed the diet of endangered top predators. Lauren has published eleven papers whilst undertaking her PhD. In June 2018, she co-founded Otlet, a global platform that enables researchers to source scientific samples from colleagues to minimise wasted samples and redundant and costly resampling.

 

University Senior College Create Change Award

Jessica Dobrovic, 29 of Reynella is committed to improving the homelessness sector in Adelaide and across Australia, through her PhD studies and employment. Jess is an analyst for Aspire Social Impact Bond at Hutt St Centre, the first bond in Australia to focus on homelessness. Through research, she helps build understanding of the impact homelessness has on the individual and systems. Jess also works within the Adelaide Zero Project in collaboration with other services, aiming to achieve functional zero rough sleeping by end of 2020. Jess also volunteers for the Hands on Project, providing prosthetic hands for people who have lost hands in developing countries.

 

Websters Lawyers Service to the Community Award

Monu Chamlagai, 19 of Salisbury hopes to gives back to the community that welcomed her. Monu is the Deputy Chair for Salisbury Youth Council 2019, having been a Council member for three years. She is a member of Every Life Matters Salisbury Suicide Prevention Network – Youth Focus Group, which aims to reduce suicide rates among young people. She is part of the SA Youth Junior Parliament and SA Youth Parliament. Monu volunteers in her Bhutanese Community, assisting young people to learn about their culture and language. She is studying Psychology at the University of South Australia and was named Salisbury Young Citizen of the Year 2020.

 

Worldwide Small Business Achiever Award

Sreymom Lund - Little Khmer Kitchen, 25 of Adelaide owns and manages Little Khmer Kitchen, the only Cambodian eatery in the CBD. Born in rural Cambodia, she was adopted when she was eight with no English or schooling. Sreymom completed an International Baccalaureate in Phnom Penh, before moving to Australia to study Anthropology, Development Studies and a Masters of Clinical Nursing. Through Uni, Sreymom started a catering business and with her own funds created Little Khmer Kitchen. The restaurant has a five star rating on Trip Advisor and received much media coverage. Sreymom received the 2020 Young Citizen of the Year Award for City of Adelaide.