7NEWS Young Achiever Awards VIC

2022 Winners


2022 Overall Victorian Young Achiever of the Year - Tess Guthrie - Whyhive
Tess Guthrie (Guth-ry) 27 of Fitzroy North founded WhyHive, after noticing that not-for-profits often struggle to access and leverage data science due to lack of funding or internal knowledge. WhyHive offers pro bono and low bono consulting to social impact organisations. In July 2020, Tess developed a data science product design to automate common data analytics for not-for-profits and help them quickly understand the impact of their programs/services…

Kat Theophanous MP, State Labor member for Northcote.
Representing the Hon Ros Spence MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister
for Community Sport, Minister for Youth with Tess Guthrie


Spirit Super Connecting Communities Award
Conor Pall, 18 of Mildura is a member of the 2021 Victorian Youth Parliament. His team is formulating a bill to address the issue of ‘Coercive Control’ in intimate partner relationships. Conor organised Mildura’s School Strike for Climate and created safety plans, Covid safe plans and other policies. A proud domestic violence survivor, Conor is a 2022 Young Citizen of the Year - Mildura nominee…

Steve Sweeney, Responsible Investment Manager, Spirit Super with Conor Pall 


Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award
Madeleine Buchner OAM, 29 of Brighton founded Little Dreamers in 2009, delivering programs aiming to improve their quality of life. They support thousands of Young Carers through programs like Dream Experiences, The Dreamers Hub online peer support platform, and the Big Dreamers Personal Development program. In 2016, Maddy published her first book, ‘My Brother is Sick Again’, which explores the obstacles Young Carers must overcome…

Peter Shields, Managing Partner, Saward Dawson with Miranda Nash representing on behalf of Madeleine Buchner OAM


Yarn Strong Sista Indigenous Achievement Award
Bonnie Dukakis, 25 of Sunbury is a proud Gunditjmara woman working as Deputy Executive Officer of the Koorie Youth Council. Bonnie has worked at the Department of Justice. She has worked as a case manager with Aboriginal and Torres Islander men on community-based court orders at a Cultural Learning Place. She is the youngest and only Aboriginal mediator for the Dispute Settlement Centre Victoria Gippsland panel…

Annette Sax, Education & Creative Arts Director, Yarn Strong Sista with Bonnie Dukakis


Luminary Tech Visionary Award
Elise Sutherland, 27 of Richmond is the founder and CEO of Stelect which is the smallest high-resolution ultrasound medical imaging sensor in the world. The Stelect technology allows for imaging to occur in places in the human body where this has never been possible before. This aids clinicians in making more informed decisions in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. Stelect was born out of The University of Melbourne’s BioDesign Innovation Course…

Marty Drill, CEO, Luminary with Elise Sutherland


First National Real Estate Leadership Award
Elise Muller (Mul-ler) 24 of Melton is an international speaker and consultant for creating inclusion, awareness and accessibility. She founded Active Support, a social enterprise that empowers at-risk people with disability by making education and sport accessible and inclusive. Elise is a dual-elite level Autistic Indigenous athlete. In 2019, she received the Victorian Disability Emerging Leader Award and the Australian National Disability Leadership Award for Social Impact…

Ray Ellis, CEO, First National Real Estate with Elise Muller


National Protective Services Safety and Wellbeing in the Workplace Award
Lucy Trembearth 27 of Hawthorn
is the Workplace Health and Safety Co-ordinator at Zoos Victoria. Lucy develops key policies and procedures of the OHS framework. Her initiatives include establishing a Safe Operation Procedure in the Veterinarians’ Department for ‘The Safe Transport and Use of O2 Cylinders in Animal Transport Vehicles’ and applying the principles of Safety in Design and Ergonomics to reduce risks to workers getting injured…

Rachaell Saunders, Chief Executive Officer, National Protective Services with Lucy Trembearth


Hydration Movement Healthy Living Award 
Body Buddies, 21 of Essendon
was founded in 2020 by medical student Aayushi Khillan, after seeing the gap in the current approach towards health education. With a strong education and philanthropic mission, Body Buddies is an initiative that sells soft toys in the shapes of body organs. They launched six initial organs – tooth, lungs, brain, eye, kidney and heart – designed by a team of graphic designers…

Gaya Pedris, Co-Founder, Hydration Movement with Body Buddies


The Bridge Create Change Award 
Jasmine Le Tisser 22 of Maryborough
has been an intern for the Children’s Tumour Foundation. She used her lived experience of Neurofibromatosis (NF) to organise and coordinate ‘Make NF Shine’, an initiative that brings NF out of the shadows and into the community. In 2021, through Jasmine’s direct efforts and in an Australian first, over 70 landmarks lit up blue and green on World NF Awareness Day…

Mary-Jane Stolp, CEO, The Bridge with Jasmine Le Tisser


The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award 
Minus18, 26 of St Kilda
is a charity that aims to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth. Founded in 1998, Minus18 provides life-affirming youth events, free resources for LGBTQIA+ young people and their families, leadership programs and education for the whole community. In the past twelve months, 2,041 LGBTQIA+ youth have attended their private, interactive events, and 16,000 more tuned in to their digital event livestreams…

Kat Theophanous MP, State Labor member for Northcote.
Representing the Hon Ros Spence MP, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister
for Community Sport, Minister for Youth with Minus18


Generation Us Career Achievement Award 
Dr Claudine Banal, 28 of Marshall
is a surgical doctor. She established the Generic General Sciences Examination study group for junior doctors interested in a career in surgery. She has volunteered as a mentor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. She mentored through Diversitat, where she supported high school refugee students from Myanmar (mai-uhn-maa) Dr Banal was a recipient of the 2021 Barwon Best Care Awards in Education Leadership…

Chalerm Tuantab, CEO Melbourne Medicore Group and Managing Director and
Founder of Melbourne Sports Podiatry and Physiotherapy Centre Kew | Oakleigh |
Preston, with Dr Claudine Banal


IKON Services Environmental Sustainability Award
Natassia Nicolao, 27 of Carlton founded Conserving Beauty, the first water-responsible brand in Australia. Natassia has created a range of beauty products that were completely free from water, inspired by her belief that waterless formula could offer more for the people and the Earth. Natassia completed a Bachelor of Science, majoring in biochemistry. She has been awarded as CEO Magazine’s Start-Up Executive of the Year finalist…

Natassia Nicolao - Was unable to attend the Gala.

Divine Gifts Online Achievement Award
Sempo, 23 of Armadale is a start-up that uses blockchain to build more inclusive payment systems for emerging markets. Founded by Tristan Cole, Sempo helps reduce the time required to deliver cash assistance for non-profits. They work in 7 countries, facilitating one million payments a year. They empower over 120,000 people in places like Kenya, Iraqi Kurdistan and refugee camps on the Syrian Border…

Alexia Lo Piccolo, Owner, Divine Gifts with Tristan Cole - Sempo


Qoin Small Business Achiever Award
Tess Guthrie – WhyHive, 27 of Fitzroy North
is a social enterprise founded in 2018 for the purpose of democratising data. WhyHive supports organisations to analyse their data and make evidence-based strategic decisions. Their innovative business model allows them to offer pro bono and low bono services to not-for-profits, from program evaluation to using Artificial Intelligence. In 2020, WhyHive was part of the City of Melbourne’s Global Innovation Program…

Bruce Manson, Victorian State Manager, Qoin with Tess Guthrie


Kangan Institute Inspirational TAFE Student Award
Jessica Stone, 26 of Huntly completed a Foundation Class and a Certificate II in Community Services from Bendigo TAFE before moving into Certificate III in Animal Studies. Jessica lives with Autism and has a learning disability and speech impediment. She has completed a work placement at Bendigo Animal Rescue Centre, where she provided help with walking the dogs, feeding the cats and maintaining a clean environment…

Janelle Arena, Chief Industry Engagement and Education Delivery Officer, Kangan
Institute with Jessica Stone