Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards
2019 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards
The 2019 Winners with The Honourable Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania and Jo Palmer, News Presenter, 7 Tasmania
Overall Winner - Premier's Young Achiever of the Year
Matthew Etherington, 23 of SANDY BAY is committed to helping people experiencing disability and disadvantage in his community. Matthew helps promote healthier communities through the Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program, using sports to empower and improve the lives of the disadvantaged. He organised a Mental Health First Aid Initiative at UTAS to prepare over 330 students to exercise self-care, promote mental health and encourage peer support. He is a national Youth Health Forum member and former Head of Welfare at UN Youth and the Tasmanian Youth Local Government. Matthew also led the organising committee of the Red Cross Social Connectedness Summit during Mental Health Week 2018.
The 2019 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year, Matthew Etherington with The Honourable Will Hodgman MP, Premier of Tasmania
Colony 47 Transition to Work Award
Alex Morris Baguley, 28 of LESLIE VALE is proof that a positive attitude can overcome challenges. Despite being diagnosed with several conditions, including Down Syndrome and ADHD, Alex’s family fought hard to ensure she had access to the same education and training opportunities as other people her age. After finishing Year 12, she worked at Australian Disability Enterprise. Alex then joined the Hamlet, Inc. training program where she learned about customer service. To date, Alex has become an integral member of the Hamlet team, completing more than 500 hours of work. She is now undertaking the advanced training model, learning Barista basics and further catering skills.
Danny Sutton, Chief Executive Officer, Colony 47 with Alex Morris Baguley
Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service & Volunteering Award
Campbell Remess, 14 of ACTON PARK has handmade and gifted over 1,700 bears to children worldwide through his initiative, “Project 365 by Campbell”. He gives presents to children in hospital during Christmas and has helped raised $200,000 for charities. Campbell created Kindness Cruises, a charity which raises funds for surprise cruises for families impacted by cancer and other life-changing difficulties. He has released two books encouraging children to follow their dreams. He is also a regular speaker at schools where he discusses the impact of kindness as opposed to bullying. Campbell received the CNN Heroes, Young Wonder Award in 2016, the first Australia to do so.
Heather Chong, CEO, QEW Orchards with Campbell Remess
Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award
Elias Solis, 29 of NEW TOWN wants to bring Latin culture to Hobart. A son of Chilean emigrant parents, he established the Yambu café, a vibrant home for Latin American food, culture and music. Over the last decade, Elias has initiated events celebrating Latin American culture where he was either a producer, leader, musical director or key player in Latin American bands. He organised Pop-Up Day of the Dead Festivals. Elias organised workshops in percussion and hosted Spanish language classes and organised fundraising events for study tours to Cuba for young Tasmanians. He is also a key member of the Latin American Cultural Association of Tasmania.
Nick Harriman, General Manager, Retail & Hospitality, Spirit of Tasmania with Elias Solis
TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award
Karita Casimaty, 29 of MOONAH was the first Tasmanian to develop and offer the internationally recognised Duke of Edinburgh Award to young people diagnosed with a disability. She has successful delivered the program since 2015, showcasing her leadership skills, and ensuring that clear expectations and guidelines were outlined from the beginning. In 2018, Karita was asked to deliver a speech to His Royal Highness Prince Edward at Government House during the royal visit, explaining the benefits of the award to young people with disability. Karita is currently the Oakdale Training Service Supervisor, planning and delivering transition to work training to young adults diagnosed with a disability.
Jeremy Pettet, Executive Officer, Uniting VIC/TAS with Karita Casimaty
Dental South Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Achievement Award
Zac Romagnoli-Townsend, 25 of NUBEENA advocates for climate justice. A proud Mutwintje man, he is a coordinator for the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Justice Network. As part of the Network, he coordinates ten young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander volunteers and collaborates with the local Australian Youth Climate Coalition with non-Indigenous volunteers. Zac helps facilitate national trainings, gatherings and campaigns as a member of the national core Seed team. One campaign successfully prevented bank funding of an Adani coal mine. Zac facilitates and speaks in workshops and grassroots community organisations to build a social movement to keep all new fossil fuels in the ground.
Dr Jessica Manuela, Director, Dental South with Zac Romagnoli-Townsend
St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award
Matthew Etherington, 23 of SANDY BAY is committed to helping the disabled and disadvantaged in his community. Matthew helps promote healthier communities through the Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program, using sports to empower and improve the lives of the disadvantaged. He organised a Mental Health First Aid Initiative at UTAS to prepare over 330 students to exercise self-care, promote mental health and encourage peer support. He is a national Youth Health Forum member and Head of Welfare at UN Youth and the Tasmanian Youth Local Government. Matthew also led the organising committee of the Red Cross Social Connectedness Summit during Mental Health Week 2018.
Peter Murfett, Director, St.LukesHealth with Matthew Etherington
University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award
Grace Birchall, 24 of SHEARWATER is a compassionate teacher. She teaches English, Geography and Dance at Ulverstone High School. During lunch hours, Grace teaches students who wish to dance outside normal class schedules, and coordinates song and dance performances in a community theatre. During weekends, Grace teaches persons with Down Syndrome at the Bright Stars Troupe, helping to release their inhibitions and perform at community functions. She attends professional development opportunities, continuously seeks feedback about her teaching capabilities and is always the first to implement different classroom strategies. Grace provides an inviting environment, empathises with her individual students and implements mindfulness in her room.
Professor Karen Swabey, Dean & Head of School - Faculty of Education, UTAS with Grace Burchall
First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Samuel Watson, 18 of ULVERSTONE is an advocate for LGBTIQ rights. He was Head Boy and Student Representative at The Friends’ School providing a strong focus on diversity. A senior Navy Cadet, Samuel mentored ten refugees through a ten-day Rotary Windeward Bound Youth Leadership Challenge. He is an Advisory Group member for the Commission for Children and Young People and served on the Hobart Youth Advisory Squad. As 2018 Youth Deputy Premier, his group passed a Gender Equality Bill that was handed to Government. He has also patrolled Tasmanian beaches for over 250 hours and has been his club’s Surf Life Saver of the Year.
John McGregor, Director, First National Real Estate McGregor with Samuel Watson
Motors Tasmania Sports Award
Daniel Watkins, 23 of GROVE and is a competitive athlete who has had an outstanding year in both Kayak and Canoe Slalom. He was selected to represent Australia in the U23 World Championships where he placed a creditable 6th in the C1 and 14th in the K1. He won gold in the U23 Aus Open K1 and the Nationals K1 and C1 divisions. Daniel’s biggest achievement to date is winning in the U23 K1 and C1 divisions at 2018 Oceania Championships in Auckland. He makes sure to give back to the community by volunteering his time to help coach and mentor junior paddlers in Hobart.
Campbell York, General Manager, Motors Hobart with Daniel Watkins