Victorian Young Achiever Awards
The 2018 Winners with Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs.
Overall Winner - Victorian Young Achiever of the Year
Dan Poole, 24 of Melbourne founded Crepes for Change, a non-profit youth-led social enterprise aimed at eliminating youth homelessness. They provide underprivileged young people with tangible skills and professional development opportunities. Crepes for Change has donated $37,000 to Launch Housing and recently commenced a paid employment program enabling five vulnerable young people to complete 150 hours of paid employment and training. Other initiatives include monthly outreach sessions with 300 Blanket.
Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs presented Dan Poole as the 2018 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year
First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Dr Joanna Newton, 28 of Northcote is fostering change in the Australian dairy industry’s adoption of genetic tools and technologies. An advocate for careers in STEM and agriculture, Joanna mentors students and junior scientists, inspiring their pursuit of agricultural journeys. She won the 2017 Dairy Research Foundation Symposium’s Emerging Scientists Award, and an Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government. She has spoken at international conferences and has helped move an international agricultural climate change motion.
Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate presented Dr Joanna Newton with the First National Real Estate Leadership Award
WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
Maxwell Hertan, 28 of Armadale is founder and director of Megaphone Marketing. He is a Deloitte fast 50 winner, Telstra award finalist and runs one of Anthill’s top 100 coolest companies. The business has doubled year on year and grown to a team of fourteen. Investing in innovative marketing strategies such as giveaways, software building, e-books and digital marketing, they maintain a steady flow of leads for the business.
Loui Nardella, Distribution Manager – Metro, WFI Insurance presented Maxwell Hertan with the WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award
Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
Nikolina Mabic, 23 of Williamstown created Spare Capacity. The website and workshops aim to equip young women with holistic self-care tools to combat mental illness. Nikolina is also a graduate filmmaker who advocates for enhanced mental health awareness, prevention and treatment. She was selected into the Foundation for Young Australians Young Social Pioneers 2016 Cohort in the Youth Mental Health stream and awarded Hobsons Bay Young Citizen of the Year 2017.
Peter Shields, Partner, Saward Dawson presented Nikolina Mabic with the Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Frances Cannon, 25 of Coburg is a multi-disciplinary artist whose works examines themes of contemporary women. Frances’ work has been displayed in many solo and group exhibitions. She has been featured in influential publications including Vogue, HuffPost, Daily Mail, and Frankie Magazine. Frances is a passionate advocate for LGBTQI+ rights, marriage equality and mental health awareness. She has a strong social media following and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
John Lazarou, Director, The Coffee Club presented Frances Cannon with The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
Bartercard Online Achievement Award
Yuma Soerianto, 11 of St Kilda West is one of the world’s youngest and most accomplished app and game developer. He has published six apps and games on the iOS App Store. His latest game, Let's Stack AR! was featured as Game of the Day. Yuma has been coding since he was six and his skills are self-taught. Yuma teaches coding on his YouTube channel and has worked with Apple in teaching programming to children.
Bruce Manson, Franchise Manager – Melbourne Central, Bartercard presented Yuma Soerianto with the Bartercard Online Achievement Award
Berry Street Create Change Award
Dan Poole, 24 of Melbourne founded Crepes for Change, a non-profit youth-led social enterprise aimed at eliminating youth homelessness. They provide underprivileged young people with tangible skills and professional development opportunities. Crepes for Change has donated $37,000 to Launch Housing and recently commenced a paid employment program enabling five vulnerable young people to complete 150 hours of paid employment and training. Other initiatives include monthly outreach sessions with 300 Blanket,
Marg Hamley, Director, Berry Street presented Dan Poole with the Berry Street Create Change Award
The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
Happy Brain Education of Rowville is a registered charity providing educational, social and mentoring support to disadvantaged young people. They provide heavily discounted academic tutoring and free one-on-one tutoring to refugee students. Happy Brain Education has raised $147,000 for a six-year-old boy’s heart surgery and $60,000 for a CD4 machine and health clinic in Uganda. They are currently working with UNICEF to create innovation labs in Al-Azraq refugee camp in Jordan.
Jenny Mikakos MP, Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs presented Happy Brain Education with The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award
Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award
Steffi Patience, 24 of Stawell has volunteered for Survivors of Suicide, a not-for-profit organisation supporting those affected by suicide and Wellbeing Wendouree, assisting disadvantaged students and their families. She organised a fundraiser to start a clothing and blanket drive; and provides extensive mentoring of disadvantaged youth. Steffi continued to volunteer even during a two-year period over which she was homeless. She is an accredited Youth Mental Health First Aider.
Robyn Lardner, Board Director, Royal Flying Doctors Service Victoria presented Steffi Patience with the Royal Flying Doctor Service Victoria Regional and Rural Health Award
Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
Darcy McGlade, 20 of Scotts Creek actively improves the quality of life and wellbeing for his local community through his business, Diamer Signs. He was central to a Corangamite ICE Taskforce campaign, volunteering his time and business resources to make awareness-building trailers and billboards. Darcy recently undertook a yearlong collaborative project mapping the local coastline to enable enhanced emergency services response. He sponsors local events, mentors students and has received numerous citizenship awards.
Cr Les McPhee, Mayor, Swan Hill Rural City Council presented Darcy McGlade with the Academy Graphics Regional Achiever Award
Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award
Tom Lobbe, 26 of Emerald advocates for increased awareness and eliminating stigma around mental health issues. Tom has schizophrenia and despite hearing voices almost constantly, learning difficulties and demeanour changes, he has achieved an overall grade of high distinction in his Diploma of Horticulture. Tom runs his own gardening business and volunteers as a mental health ambassador and openly shares his mental health story with others to increase understanding.
Kendall McGrath, National Director – Industry Solutions, Kangan Institute presented Tom Lobbe with the Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award