Seven News Young Achiever Awards WA

2018 Finalists

Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award

Bella Burgemeister, 12 of Dalyellup has presented to 3,000 students on the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. She authored Bella’s Challenge, a book incentivising children to take environmental action. 500 copies have been sold and distributed to all primary schools in the Greater Bunbury Region, with profits donated to local sustainability projects. Companies such as Bunnings use the book as a sustainability tool. She raised $30,000 with an 11-month campaign for homeless lockers in Bunbury.

Bonnie Beal Richardson, 27 of Mandurah has worked in local government for nine years, currently as Senior Environmental Education Officer. She educated 700 students at the Perth and Peel Regional Kids Teaching Kids conference. She runs a Sustainable Living Workshop series and Environment Event for the annual City’s Stretch Festival. Bonnie won the Highly Commended award for her Reduction Pilot Project, in the Community Household Electricity in the 2012 Keep Australia Beautiful Sustainable Cities awards.

Tanya McKenna, 28 of Perth had her sustainable home featured on TV for its unique and influential design. She has since executed other renovation and building projects, developing eco-friendly apartments as part of her ‘Nature Inspired Eco House’ campaign. Tanya worked for Ecologia Environment as a graduate and undertook post-graduate studies in Sustainability. She accompanying Premier Colin Barnett as Parliamentary Advisor during the termination of mining rights in the Kimberly region for conservation purposes.


First National Real Estate Innovation Award

Brenton Atkinson, 24 of Nedlands completed ground breaking research in offshore engineering through the Woodside FutureLab RiverLab. The research allows for a cheap and accessible alternative to current methods of obtaining the dynamic response data of offshore vessels. He proved the suitability of testing a scale model in the Swan River with a low-cost instrumentation system. The work completed in this project will guide the RiverLab initiative for the next four years of the program.

Ciara Duffy, 23 of Willetton is completing a PhD investigating the ability of honeybee venom to treat triple-negative breast cancer. The Cancer Council of WA is supporting her research to find an alternative to treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. As team leader in the Perth Ride to Conquer Cancer she rode 200km and raised over $6,500 for cancer research. She volunteers for St John Ambulance and has been donating blood for eight years.

Hoang Trinh, 14 of Duncraig is engineering edible cutlery to be distributed in his school’s canteen. With a $250 grant from Millennium Kids, he wrote a budget, learnt business tactics and met with a local MP to pitch his project. He is using local ingredients to develop environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic cutlery. Hoang spent a year researching Occupational Health and Safety. Hoang is aiming to 3D print the design to reduce his schools carbon footprint.

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Alexander Paioff, 28 of West Swan has successfully delivered music festivals and funded and mentored musicians through his record label. His digital agency, Made In The Pile, employees 50 staff who creative videos, design and comprehensive social media marketing campaigns. Alexander launched Jack Rabbit Slims – one of Perth’s most popular live music venue and nightclubs. His media website, pilerats.com has over 150,000 monthly readers. Alexander volunteers for Uni Camp for Kids and has donated over $55,000.

Jonte Pike, 27 of Balcatta created her fashion label, Jonté Designs. Her label utilises fine fabrics, interesting blends and intricate detailing empowering women with confidence and design flare. Jonte has stockists in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney, an online store and a studio showroom. She has also secured a spot in a showroom in Hollywood Los Angeles, to increase her label exposure. Jonte often donate garments to fundraising events and accepts students for work experience placements.

Radheya Jegatheva, 18 of Joondanna is a filmmaker, artist, poet and writer. His films have been played in more than 300 film festivals around with world. Radheya, who taught himself animation, won Best Film at the 2017 International Film Festival for his short animation ‘Journey’. His animation of William Blake’s poem ‘The Tyger’ won international acclaim and is being used as a teaching tool in schools around the world. Radheya volunteers at community and school events.


Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award

Shelley Cable, 23 of Griffith is a Nyoongar woman who is passionate about Indigenous business and financial inclusion. Currently undertaking CPA studies, Shelley was shortlisted to attend Stanford University, to become one of their youngest MBA admissions. In 2017, Shelley presented to the UN and had her recommendations on financial literacy accepted and formally endorsed. She was elected to attend the Uluru Convention on Constitutional Reform, which resulted in the formation of the Uluru Statement.

Cassie Kirtisingham, 28 of Piara Waters developed IZRA, a school program providing resilience workshops to equip students with purpose & strength. The 15 strong IZRA team use interactive presentations, modern branding and conversational language. In 2017, IZRA released a video response to 13 Reasons Why, a TV series on teen suicide, called 1 Reason Why Not, with a free Discussion guide for parents and teachers. The video received over 100, 000 views and 1,000 shares.

Sara Shengeb, 23 of Wellard arrived as a political refugee from Eritrea five years ago. She is a strong advocate for about community development, youth empowerment, human rights and reducing inequalities. Sara speaks five languages and has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science. At the Youth Affairs Council she coordinates the Catalyst Youth Summit and ShoutOut programs for young refugees and migrants. Sara was 2016 Australian Young People's Human Right Medal Finalist.

Theadosia Kurniawan, 20 of Dalkeith is the Co-Founder of The Willy Wagtail Project. Under the motto, "Come follow me, let's change the world", she leads a young team in designing and creating upcycled eco-enterprise ideas and products with unique stories. Theadosia is founder of TEDxUWA, WA's first fully student-operated TEDx organisation hosting events showcasing young people’s ideas. She was credited as Australia's only Forbes Under 30 Scholar at the Under 30 Summit in Boston.


Masonic Care WA/Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award

Nikki Wormald, 21 of Silversands founded a Friday Night Girl’s Program for her local Police-Citizens Youth Club. She project manages a basketball program for at-risk youths and raised $14,000 for the program through grants and fundraising. Nikki sourced government funding to train and source referee jobs for program participants. She simultaneously studied social work and worked for a youth drop-in centre. Working for Mission Australia, she started her own recreational program for homeless young people.

Krista Dunstan, 27 of Bayswater has advocated as a lawyer for Indigenous people at the UN. She lectures at the Constitutional Centre on several issues. She spoke at the Australian Law Students Association Conference and convened the National Indigenous Legal Conference. Krista volunteers for the Women in the Law Mentoring Scheme. She is a Legal Practitioner of the Year, features in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and in the 100 Women of Influence lists.

Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos started Scott’s Great Walk at age four, walking 25km to town from his farm. He has completed four marathons and hiked 82km in the Canadian Rockies, raising $140,000 for Telethon. He seeks to help sick children and aspires to be a doctor. Scott has featured on Television and delivered a Telethon Beneficiaries Speech to 500 people, including Prime Minister Turnbull. He received the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award twice.


WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Andrew Holder, 26 of Palmyra started Revo Fitness in 2012. He grew the business to five gyms and has helped over 20,000 people with their fitness goals. He now employs five managers, 25 casual staff and 30 personal trainers. Revo Fitness supports the community, including Ocean Heroes, a charity teaching children with autism to surf. Andrew also has a passion for cricket and debuted for the Western Warriors Sheffield Shield cricket team in the 2017/2018 season.

Scott Ingram, 25 of West Leederville founded his marketing firm in 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Commerce. He acquired 50% of Helium Digital Marketing first year’s revenue through door knocking. Scott also founded Market Social, a not for profit providing student work experience in cause driven businesses. He volunteers communications support for his local church and Helium Digital Marketing sponsors The Stirling Senators Basketball Club.

Jordan Foster, 27 of Innaloo founded ySafe whilst completing her Masters in Psychology. Employing psychologists, educators, and law enforcement personnel, ySafe has delivered cyber safety education to 70,000 students, 10,000 Parents and 1,000 teachers. ySafe saw a 110% increase in profit in 2017 and was an Australian Anthill Cool Company Awards Finalist. ySafe is a regular point of contact for the media on cyber safety stories.


WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award

Asher Goddard, 25 of Condingup graduated from her Animal Science degree with Honours. She was selected as a top ten Australian Meat Judge when she represented Murdoch University in the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition. She supports the Western Australian Beef Industry by coordinating the Western Australian Youth Cattle Handlers Camp. This camp provides participants with hands-on cattle experience. She has been a Beef Cattle Parading State Finalist at the Perth Royal Show.

Tom Curnow, 20 of Scaddan dedicated himself to his family farm after leaving high school. His father was taken two years ago defending their community from a large bushfire. The fire burnt through much of the community, including the family farm. With his uncles’ aid Tom dedicated himself to the farm. He advocates within the media for fire safety as a member of his local fire brigade. His father would be proud.

Madlen Kratz, 25 of Greenwood was a successful recipient of a PhD scholarship, following her Honours thesis on honey bees. Her research has been published in an international peer reviewed journal. The PhD project investigates the link between honey bee nutrition and management of the disease Nosemosis. Madlen aims to improve the sustainability of the industry. She is providing beekeepers with knowledge of the nutritional requirements that will protect colonies from this common disease.


School Drug Education and Road Aware Health and Wellbeing Award

Maddison Chinnery, 15 of Kalgoorlie aims to become a paediatrician to combat rural Australia’s lack of health professionals. She has personally experienced the effects of this shortfall when she broke her growth plate in her foot. Since nine she has worked with her sister, entertaining children as a fairy princess. She has raised money for organisations such as Red Cross, Cancer Council and LifeLink. Maddison attends events such as the Young Women's Wellness Retreat.

Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos seeks to help sick children and aspires to be a doctor. He started Scott’s Great Walk at age four, walking 25km to town from his farm. He has completed four marathons and hiked 82km in the Canadian Rockies, raising $140,000 for Telethon. Scott has featured on television and delivered a Telethon Beneficiaries Speech to 500 people, including Prime Minister Turnbull. He received the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award twice.

Paris Mitchell, 27 of Churchlands is advocating for healthier and safer communities. He speaks at schools, not for profits and government agencies. Pairs tells his story of turning a history of addiction, incarceration and mental health issues into a fulfilling, healthy life. He has since completed a degree and started his own business. He spoke to over 7,000 Western Australians last year, using motivational content, workshops and his original music.


Surge Fitness Sports Award

Brad Scott, 29 of Withers is a three-time Paralympian, winning two silver medals and a bronze. Brad coaches and mentors athletes throughout regional WA to achieve their personal best. Brad is studying a Bachelor of Sports Management to be followed by a Master of Education. He aspires to positively impact future generations as a school teacher. Brad’s motto is “disability doesn't need to be your excuse. It can be your greatest opportunity”.

Rahul Jegatheva,16 of Joondanna won first place last year at the World Aquathlon Championships. He won the 2015-16 Western Australian Open Water race series, undefeated with 8 gold medals. This qualified him for the National Championships. He competed in the World Youth Scrabble Championships, placing 25th as Australia’s second-best competitor. He mentors junior scrabble players and many young athletes. He volunteers at community events such as the Perth Swan Festival of Lights.

Kara Donnellan, 25 of Willetton is the Captain for the Fremantle Dockers in the AFL Women’s League. She has also completed a Bachelor of Health and Physical Education. She has been four-time captain for the Swan Districts Football Club, and Best and Fairest three times. Kara manages the V Swans, the education and community development department of the Swan Districts Football Club. Through sport programs she has reintegrated 300 previously incarcerated men into the community.


The Diamond Club Online Achievement Award

Jaimen Hudson, 27 of Esperance is an Aerial drone photographer & cinematographer. In 2008, he had a motorcycle accident that left him a Quadriplegic and confined to a wheelchair. Jaimen has raised the Profile of Esperance with his aerial footage being aired to audiences around the globe. He held Tourism Australia’s number #2 top social media post for 2016 and his Instagram, Facebook and Youtube videos and images has amassed over 250 million views.

Aaron Devellerez, 28 of Morley is the Digital Operations Manager at HBF. He led the digital development for Direct Advice for Dads, an award-winning website and simplified the General Insurance webpages, generating increased sales. Aaron moved the HBF Run website to a new content management system, achieving cost savings and business efficiencies. Direct Advice for Dads won multiple national awards and was a Project of the Year Award’s Finalist at the Content Marketing World Awards.

Helen Kwok, 29 of Willetton is an award-winning e-learning and multimedia designer. Working in education and government she has created online resources, serious game prototypes, team-building experiences, videos, animations, websites and graphics. Helen helped design and create a series of online new employee induction courses, which won Gold at the 2017 LearnX Impact Awards. Helen was asked to overhaul and rebrand the identity of the Playup Perth website which helped secure their first ever funding partner.



2017 Finalists

WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award

Guy Coleman, 22 of MOSMAN PARK declined a position in Medicine to pursue studies in Agriculture and is currently working as a research technician. He is the sole content creator, developer and social media operator of AgriEducate, providing a platform for urban-rural connection and education. Since June 2016, AgriEducate’s social media sites have been viewed by 20,000 people. Guy has received five agricultural awards. Competing in marathons, he has also raised $9,000 for MS Australia and Operation Smile.

Jessica Andony, 23 of HARVEY graduated with an Animal Science degree with honours. She supports the WA dairy industry, through research and volunteers at youth cattle camps and the cattle show circuit. Jess is the Young Dairy Network co-ordinator and was integral to the organising of the WA Young Dairy Farmer of the Year Award. She also co-ordinated and delivered fire response requests to the Yarloop dairy farmers affected by the Waroona/Harvey fires, including her own family’s farm.

Katrina Sasse, 29 of CANNA was awarded a Nuffield scholarship to research the farm succession planning process for young women to return to their family farm. She supplemented the scholarship with $15,000 of her own funds to enable global travel to interview female farmers. The study addresses important issues such as female alienation from family farm business succession, disinheritance and agriculture’s patriarchal culture. Her research has already received a great deal of interest and support.

Nicholas Hardie, 20 of BODDINGTON recently graduated with a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management. He has numerous prestigious scholarships including the Jack Bendat Royal Agricultural Society Youth Scholarship. Nicholas has been offered a position to become CSBP fertilisers Area Manager for the Moora and Dandaragan region. He is also a committee member for the Moora-Miling pasture improvement group. Nicholas was invited to join Agconnect, a group connecting and informing young people in the agricultural industry.


The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Alister Yiap, 29 of NOLLAMARA is a jewellery designer. He designs jewellery pieces for Runway, Commercial and Gallery. His unique creations for runway shows are fantastical and theatrical "wearable art". He has exhibited nationally and internationally and has won many awards including second place in the 2016 Australian Pearl Jewellery Design Awards. He is also a Design Lecturer and judge of art and fashion events. Alister is on Arts industry panels and Jewellery groups and volunteers to review student’s portfolios.

Caine Chennatt, 28 of NEDLANDS received a Churchill Fellowship in 2016, to investigate access and inclusion programs for people with disabilities, to engage with the arts. At the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery he introduced Auslan tours of the exhibitions and three D printing of artworks to facilitate access by sight impaired visitors and those with Alzheimers. Caine created a unique mobile app called LWAG+ providing visitor enhanced tours, with a particular focus for those with a disability.

Leo John Showell, 25 of MOUNT HAWTHORN is a practicing Graduate of Architecture with a passion for culturally responsive design. He has won numerous design competitions and received multiple awards for his work. Leo has exhibited in the Palau Robert Gallery, Barcelona, and created animations for the Venice Architecture Biennale in Italy. Leo is currently working with internationally-acclaimed architects, Iredale Pedersen Hook on cultivating projects that respond to, and celebrate Western Australia’s diverse and unique cultural landscape.

School Drug Education and Road Aware Health and Wellbeing Award

Cory Payne, 20 of NEW NORCIA was in a very serious car accident when he was 17. He spent six months in hospital, learning to walk again. Just two weeks after being discharged he walked and finished the 4km “Run for a Reason” raising $19,000 for breast cancer research. To date, he has walked and run and raised $35,000 for charities. Cory also speaks at schools and clubs to raise safe driver awareness to young drivers.

James Fazio, 16 of BALLAJURA has taken a major leadership role in the promotion of mental health issues to the students of Ballajura Community College. James is an ambassador of the Zero2Hero program, partnering with them on a number of mental health initiatives. In consultation with the Principal and College Deputy, James planned positive mental health days to be incorporated into the school calendar. He received the 2015 Long Tan Leadership Award and is the 2017 School Captain.

Jennifer Edwards, 27 of GERALDTON led the Child and Parent Centre initiative in Rangeway, establishing partnerships with schools and the community. She is a Rotary member and was instrumental in establishing the Geraldton Rotaract for 18-30 year olds. Jennifer manages the Geraldton Beach Volleyball competition, both social and league. She coordinated the annual “Volleyball Against Violence”, raising money towards domestic violence prevention. A Type 1 Child Car Restraint installer, Jennifer provides her service free of charge.

Pavitra Aran, 26 of SOUTH PERTH is completing her Masters of Clinical Psychology. She has volunteered for Zero2Hero, a youth suicide prevention group delivering 30 school workshops and was a delegate at the West Australian Catalyst Youth Summit. Pavitra founded a social media project; Young Refugees of Western Australia, creating positive media about young migrants and refugees. She is an active speaker and panellist, and the recipient of a Highly Commended Outstanding Contribution to Multiculturalism Award.

WFI Insurance Small Business Achiever Award

Betty Tran, 29 of PERTH is a fashion designer who empowers women. Her headline New York Fashion week design messages of “embracing the skin you are in” and “be brave”, used models from ethnic backgrounds to promote diversity. During Mercedes Benz Fashion week, Betty hosted an event for women in the industry, to celebrate inspiring stories of fearless women who have overcome adversity. She won the 2016 Telstra Western Australian Young Business Woman’s Award and 40 under 40 Business Award.

Ellen Broadhurst, 24 of NORTH FREMANTLE is an emerging artist and curator. During her Fine Art studies, she co-established “HotSoup” café, a free exhibition space for emerging artists and a soup kitchen. Operating for six months, 24/7, and feeding 900 homeless people, Ellen curated and installed nine exhibitions, herself featuring in four of them. She is currently making work for her exhibition at the Revelation Film Festival and runs a soup cart several days a week.

James Buchanan, 25 of JOLIMONT and his business partner Jack, created The Body Consultants, a health and wellness company offering more than just fitness. They share the latest research in physiology, nutrition, psychology and health via their member’s blog. James used social media and email marketing, generating over $2 million and a 25% conversion on sales leads. With three Perth locations and further plans for expansion, The Body Consultants have grown a tribe of committed followers.

Ryan Beckmand, 22 of BALDIVIS is an award-winning technical entrepreneur, transforming learning by using virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and analytics. His startup, Sciosity aims to improve education and high risk training sectors by integrating virtual reality. Sciosity is undergoing early operations in Asia, with a combined sales pipeline expected to exceed six million dollars by December 2017. Ryan is currently working in the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) sector creating counter-narrative campaigns to prevent extremism, which he presented to the United Nations.


Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award

Bridie Ritchie, 28 of PERTH co-founded the youth-led organisation, “Dismantle Inc” in 2010. Dismantle has assisted 600 at risk youth, through their Bike Rescue project and has an annual turnover of over $500,000. Bridie is also co-founder and Managing Director for the social enterprise “Sprout Ventures”. The Sprout team create pop-up community centres and hubs in new subdivisions before permanent infrastructure is built. The Sprout Hub at Alkimos Beach won the 2015 Australia Social Enterprise Award for Innovation.

Jennifer Edwards, 27 of GERALDTON is passionate about improving early childhood and education outcomes. She played a leading role in establishing the Child and Parent Centre in Rangeway and is Chairperson of the Rangeway Primary School Board. Jennifer took a leadership role with the Midwest Early Years Network and was instrumental to the success of the Network. She coordinated the annual “Volleyball Against Violence” event, raising $4,000 to support a local association who provides education and prevention of domestic violence.

Regan O'Callaghan, 17 of STRATHAM works as a volunteer wildlife carer for organisations including the Native Animal Rescue Centre and Roo Rescue WA. She has also achieved Bronze, Silver and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Regan raised $4,000 for cancer research in Relay for Life, twice making up her own solo team, “Team Onesie Woman”. She participated in a calendar photo shoot for a 'Love Thy Self' campaign, empowering women and their self-acceptance whilst raising funds for charities.

Theadosia Kurniawan, 19 of DALKEITH has been the president of Buku Berjalan literacy club, promoting Indonesian and English literacy awareness to children from low socioeconomic communities. She has also been a long term, active member of Millennium Kids Inc, an environmental advocacy and action group. Theadosia founded and was President of TEDxUWA, WA’s first University-based and fully student-run TEDx organisation. She was co-founder of The Willy Wagtail Project and participated in Western Australia’s first climate-Kic, addressing challenges and identifying climate change opportunities.

Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award

Alex Gavranich, 29 of ALBANY is a Senior Policy and Program Officer with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Alex created the City of Wanneroo’s Coastal Assets Policy, the first of its kind in WA. He was awarded a Coastal Management Grant of $45,000, for a thorough risk assessment of Wanneroo’s Coastline. Alex is currently developing a mentoring program for environmental policymakers in developing countries. Alex is also a Board Director for the South Coast Natural Resource Management.

Bella Burgemeister, 11 of DALYELLUP created the book “Bella’s Challenge”, which is a child’s take on the UN 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Bella pitched her project in front of 100 adults and was granted a micro-grant of $1,300 for printing and distribution. Primary schools in greater Bunbury, are being donated a copy of Bella’s book. As Junior President for Millennium Kids, she attends workshops to receive public speaking development and specific sustainability development skills.

James McCarthy-Price, 28 of SOUTH PERTH is a Wave Energy Engineer and an environmentalist. He founded “Entrepreneering”, an educational career pathway event for high achieving students. He also successfully campaigned for the University of WA to introduce a renewable energy subject. James volunteers with the Australian Ocean Energy Working Group reviewing its capacity to become a leader and global exporter of ocean energy technologies. His goal is to harness wave energy and produce the world’s first cost-effective wave energy converter.

Dr Matthew Fraser, 28 of BRABHAM is a marine scientist studying seagrass meadows in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The area is home to endangered marine megafauna such as dugongs and turtles. Matthew created the Cottesloe Ecosystem Research Project where undergraduate students research one component of the Cottesloe Reef ecosystem - plants, invertebrates, or fish. They add data to a pre-existing long term dataset to report on changes, providing valuable monitoring. All reports are freely available to the public online.

Surge Fitness Sports Award

Brianna Throssell, 20 of CITY BEACH is an Olympic swimmer. She won seven medals at the Youth Olympics and placed 4th in the World Championships. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brianna qualified 7th fastest for the women's 200 m butterfly final by finishing 3rd in her semi-final. She volunteers for many causes and charities. Brianna is studying a Bachelor of Physiotherapy and a Pre-Medicine Certificate and is pursuing her dream of being a doctor.

Bronte Macaulay, 22 of GRACETOWN has confirmed her position on next year’s World Surf League Women’s Championship Tour, after finishing in second place on the 2016 Women’s World Qualifying Series. The Championship Tour comprises the top 17 women in the world competing for the world title. Bronte regularly travels internationally, with approximately 15 surfing competitions each year and has weekly physical and technical training. She is also studying off campus to be a primary school teacher.

Curtis Luck, 20 of WOODLANDS is an Australian amateur golfer. In March 2017 he became the world number one ranked amateur golfer, heading the World Amateur Golf Ranking. He won the US Amateur Men’s Championship and has secured a spot for the upcoming US Masters tournament in April at Augusta. Curtis also volunteers and assists at junior clinics and state events, including the Western Australia Open. He was involved with two charity golf days, raising $200,000 for local charities.

Kristina Perrin, 21 of GOOMALLING has been competing in Karate for 13 years. She is currently undefeated in Western Australia for the open weight division and is number one in Australia in the women’s division. Currently in the Australian team, she is looking towards selection at the 2020 TOKYO Olympic Games. Kristina runs her own Karate club with 25 students. She keeps fees low and provides private, free lessons to some of her students.


Awards Australia Community Service and Volunteering Award

Dylan Collard, 24 of EAST VICTORIA PARK is a voluntary founding member of the Victoria Park Aboriginal Engagement Strategy Group. The group educates on reconciliation and culture using mediums of art, music, photography, story-telling and performances. The group has performed at NAIDOC Week and Reconciliation Week. Dylan was a Youth Panel member at the KickArts Festival and provides voluntary speaking presentations on Aboriginal culture. Already a Law Graduate, Dylan will also graduate as a teacher this year.

Sophie Telfer, 18 of DARKAN is the founder and editorial coordinator of the Wheatbelt Local. It is an online blog showcasing interviews with inspirational residents and articles on travel, agriculture and health. Sophie has developed the popular #lifeinthewheatbelt project, allowing locals to manage the Instagram account and share photos. Since its launch in 2014, it has grown to a community of 4,000. She also organised the Wheatbelt Walking Challenge, the Wheatbelt Christmas Card Exchange and the Wheatbelt Roads calendar.

Struan Graham, 22 of EDGEWATER is an active firefighter with Wanneroo Central Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. He regularly takes part in extra brigade duties, volunteering for prescribed burning, community days and fire emergencies. Struan also developed the websites for both Wanneroo Central and Wanneroo Support Brigades. His work with online media has assisted in maintaining membership numbers. He has also spoken with over 340 school children, teaching them about home fire safety, bush fires and emergency situations.

Taylor Hayward, 24 of NOLLAMARA is a proud Noongar man. Currently studying for his Masters of Business and working part-time, he also co-founded the Mila Foundation. Mila is the Noongar word for; 'for the future'. The Foundation supports Aboriginal youth to connect to their culture, build leadership skills and develop career pathways. The Mila Aboriginal Youth Program has increased attendance at school from 50% to 95% on Mila Foundation days. Taylor also co-facilities the Mila Foundation Cultural Immersion Programs.


2016 Finalists

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award
• Abdul Abdullah, 29 of Stanmore
• Kathryn Osborne, 28 of Mount Lawley
• Verity Softly, 24 of Inglewood

Scott Print Environment & Sustainability Award
• Scott Bennett, 29 of Scarborough
• James McCarthy-Price, 27 of South Perth
• James McDonald, 28 of Swan View
• Christine Parfitt, 29 of Cottesloe

Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award
• Ashlee Harrison, 28 of Churchlands
• Ashleigh Nelson, 28 of St James
• Sitthichai Rees, 24 of Port Kennedy

Goodlife Health Clubs Health and Wellbeing Award
• Christopher Brennan-Jones, 27 of Osborne Park
• Marlia Fatnowna, 23 of Duncraig
• Claire Willis, 26 of West Leederville

Awards Australia Community Service and Volunteering Award
• Aisling Blackmore, 26 of Mount Lawley
• Elizabeth Brennan, 29 of Wongan Hills
• Paul Munro, 21 of Coolgardie
• Rachael Ralston, 18 of Seville Grove

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award
• David Bignell, 27 of Cottesloe
• Sebastian Schiano, 18 of Capel
• Connie Yarran, 21 of Kellerberrin