WESTERN AUSTRALIA

7NEWS Young Achiever Awards WA

2020 Winners

The 2020 Winners with MC for the evening, Amelia Broun from Channel Seven at the Hyatt Regency Perth. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Overall Winner - Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year

Iris Smit, 24 of Subiaco is revolutionising the beauty industry. Iris created The Quick Flick, a unique eyeliner tool that combines a wing stamp with a felt tip eyeliner pen. Within the first year, the product earned attention from multiple media agencies and beauty influencers. Iris is an interior architecture graduate who used her skills and own struggles with drawing the perfect winged eyeliner to create an original product design, logo, packaging and website. Her appearance on Shark Tank saw her revenue grow by 5,000%. In 2019, Iris won EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 (Emerging Female Category, WA Region) and Momentum Visionary Woman of the Year.

Hon Sue Ellery MLC, Minister for Education and Training presented Iris Smit. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

First National Real Estate Innovation Award

Iris Smit, 24 of Subiaco is revolutionising the beauty industry. Iris created The Quick Flick, a unique eyeliner tool that combines a wing stamp with a felt tip eyeliner pen. Within the first year, the product earned attention from multiple media agencies and beauty influencers. Iris is an interior architecture graduate who used her skills and own struggles with drawing the perfect winged eyeliner to create an original product design, logo, packaging and website. Her appearance on Shark Tank saw her revenue grow by 5,000%. In 2019, Iris won EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 (Emerging Female Category, WA Region) and Momentum Visionary Woman of the Year.

Rob Druitt, Director First National Druitt & Shead Scarborough, First National Real Estate presented Iris Smit with the Innovation Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Town of Victoria Park Arts and Culture Award

Scott Elstermann, 25 of Kardinya is a Junior Australasian Jazz Champion and Youth Queensland Ballroom Dancesport Champion. During his Year 12 WACE exams, he was accepted into the Bachelor of Arts (Dance) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Scott has performed for leading dance artists and won the Overall Dance and Physical Theatre Award at the 2016 Perth Fringe World Festival. He was audition dance assistant for Matilda: The Musical, Artistic Team Leader for Ausdance WA and teaching artist for the West Australian Ballet. In 2018, Scott became the first Australian and youngest ever to receive the Pina Bausch Fellowship for Dance and Choreography.

Mayor Karen Vernon of the Town of Victoria park presented Scott Elstermann with the Arts and Culture Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Elders Agricultural Achievement Award

Kayla Evans – Generation Ag, 26 of Perth is committed to uniting primary industries. Kayla is a passionate young agriculturalist who co-founded Generation Ag, a podcasting platform that celebrates stories of people working in all areas of primary industries, with a focus on the next generation. The podcast hopes to bridge the ‘rural-urban divide’ while tackling bigger issues such as gender issues in agriculture and mental health. The podcast has so far amassed 3,000 downloads, interviewed over 16 guests and has gained listeners in over five countries. In 2020, they plan to run workshops to teach other agribusinesses how to run podcasts and speak to millennials and Generation Z.

Simon Wilkinson, Area Manager WA, Elders presented Kayla Evans with the Agricultural Achievement Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Woolworths Youth Group Achievement Award

Robe River Kuruma Youth Council of Karratha is dedicated to providing support to young people. Following a number of youth suicides, Daniel Farmer established the Robe River Kuruma Youth Council to discuss how to combat youth issues. They have since developed a youth case management team to further youth education, gain employment and seek help. The Youth Council will create a Pilbara Aboriginal Youth Council and work with local and state government to develop a Pilbara Youth Report and Pilbara Youth Strategy Plan as a co-designed solution. The Youth Council has developed a Financial Literacy Program and Life Skills Program and plans to employ Aboriginal Peer Educators.

Michelle Dropulic, Culture & People Project Manager – SA/NT/WA, Woolworths Supermarkets presented Robe River Kuruma Youth Council with the Youth Group Achievement Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award

Ashleigh Gibson, 22 of Bentley is an advocate for children with disability. Ashleigh volunteers at Perth’s Children’s Hospital (PCH), where she had been a patient since she was six months old. Despite her severe Scoliosis and severe lung disease, Ashleigh has been helping kids to be calm and entertained while they wait for their surgery at PCH. She is on the Disability Advisory Board of the new Children’s Hospital and attends monthly board meetings. She has been directly involved in making sure that the hospital is accessible and follows the Disability Inclusion Act. Ashleigh is currently completing her third year of Uni, studying Primary School Teaching.

Peter Kirwan, Grand Master, Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA presented Ashleigh Gibson with the Community Service and Volunteering Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Tradie Business Blueprint Trades Business Award

Ashleigh Hiemstra, 29 of High Wycombe is helping promote, inspire and encourage females to enter the industry. Ashleigh is a qualified carpenter, registered building practitioner and Owner and Director of a registered building company, Merge Building. Before starting her apprenticeship, she completed her diploma of Building and Construction – Builder’s registration. She spent three years as apprentice at her dad’s business, Banken Building Carpenters. After seven years, she applied for a building practitioner’s license, which led to her forming Merge Building in August 2018. Ashleigh is a member of Trade-Up Australia, National Association of Women in Construction, Fusion Biz Co (female networking group), and Housing Industry Association.

Marie-Louise MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Freemasons WA presented Ashleigh Hiemstra with the Trades Business Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award

Courtney Marie Gratteri, 28 of Cardup is a passionate youth worker at one of Perth’s leading CARE Schools. Courtney co-designed and led Strong Hearts Strong Minds workshops to benefit young people’s social, emotional and mental wellbeing. She led Back to County camps and early intervention programs, helping Aboriginal children learn about Nyoongar culture and to encourage time spent with Nyoongar elders. Courtney was Finalist at the Armadale Community Citizen of the Year Award 2018 and Auspires 2020 Young Australia of the Year Award. She was recognised at the Catholic Education Department’s 2017 LEAD and 2019’s Young Leadership Awards and was Anglicare’s 2019 Most Professional Youth Worker of the Year.

Dr Deb Sayce, Executive Director, Catholic Education Western Australia presented Courntey Marie Gratteri with the Young Leadership Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO

 

Surge Fitness Sports Award

Rhiannon Clarke, 17 of Kingsley bravely overcomes her disability. Rhiannon has Cerebral Palsy, which means her muscles are tight and weak and easily get fatigued. Despite that, she is a full-time student and elite athlete of track and field. Rhiannon won Silver at the Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold at Arafura Games 2019, and Bronze at the World Para Athletics Championships 2019. She holds multiple national records, and was a 2019 WA Sports Star Awards Finalist. Rhiannon received the National Athlete Support Structure – Athletics Australia and West Australian Institute of Sport IASP Athletics Scholarship 2018-2020. She has completed education programs on nutrition, recovery, personal excellence and mental strength.

Viresh Naik, Fitness Manager, Surge Fitness presented Rhiannon Clarke with the Sports Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.

 

Awards Australia Regional Service Award

Shaun Kay, 29 of Bindoon is creating awareness around the importance of self-care and mental health. After struggling for years with his own mental health, Shaun created SMILE TEACHERS. The company helps teachers look after themselves physically and mentally. They run workshops with students on mindfulness, breathing activities and exercise all over Australia. Shaun’s online professional development day course can be accessed by teachers 24/7. He helps teachers understand why some students act out and misbehave and gives them tools to support their students. He runs a teachers’ retreat in Bali twice a year. Shaun is a qualified physical education, health, science and maths teacher.

Ashley Talbot, Principal Business Development Officer, DPIRD presented Shaun Kay with the Regional Service Award. Photo taken by FAHM FOTO.