WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Western Australian Young Achiever Awards

 2017 Winners 

 

2017 Winners with the Honourable Peter Tinley, AM, MLA, Minister for Housing; Veterans Issues; Youth

 

Overall Winner - Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year

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.

 

 

WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award

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.

 

Jessica Andony was represesnted by her mother, Lisa Andony

 

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.

 

 

School Drug Education and Road Aware Health and Wellbeing Award

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

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

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.

 

 

Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award

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.

 

Surge Fitness Sports Award

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.

Curtis Luck was represesnted by his father, Stuart Luck

 

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.

 

 

2016 Winners

 

2016 Winners with the Honourable Martin Aldridge MLC, Member for Agricultural Region

 

Overall Winner - Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year

Elizabeth Brennan, 29 of Wongan Hills is a proud advocate for rural Australia, and a role model for young women in agriculture. She is President of the Australian Women in Agriculture and a member of the World Farmer’s Organisation Women’s Committee. Elizabeth was a key member of the organising committee for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary and she volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Elizabeth volunteered with AusAID in Papua New Guinea for two years and received a Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 Outstanding Emerging Leader Award.

 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Kathryn Osborne, 28 of Mount Lawley is a director, producer and theatre maker. She co-founded The Duck House, an ensemble of five theatre makers that have presented nine professional and original productions over the past 5 years. As General Manager of The Last Great Hunt, Kathryn has produced nine new works, launched ten international tours and secured state funding worth $600,000. She is now the artistic director for the Riptide Youth Theatre Company and a producer at CircuitWest. Kathryn was awarded Best New Play at the 2015 Performing Arts WA Awards.

Kathryn Osborne (right), with John Lazarou (left), Director, The Coffee Club

 

Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award

Christine Parfitt, 29 of Cottesloe has a passion for marine conservation and is undertaking a PhD in Environmental Education. She developed Bottle for Botol, partnering Australian and Indonesian students to reduce their consumption of single-use plastics. Her charity has worked with over 12,000 Australian students and 7,000 Indonesian students to raise awareness of the detrimental impacts of plastic on the marine environment. Since 2013, more than 100,000 plastic cups and bottles have been saved from release into the ocean, with numbers expected to be over one million this year.

Christine Parfitt (left) with Tim Scott (right), Joint General Manager, Scott Print

 

Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award

Ashlee Harrison, 28 of Churchlands founded “Zero2Hero” after losing her step-father to suicide. Zero2Hero facilitates educational programs to ensure every young person is educated and empowered to effectively deal with mental health issues. The program now reaches more than 70 schools and over 80,000 students. Ashlee volunteered with Lifeline WA, was a seminar leader and coach with Landmark Education and participated in the Young Social Pioneer Program. She was recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence.

Ashlee Harrison (right) with Dr Tim McDonald, CEO, Catholic Education Western Australia

 

Goodlife Health Clubs Health and Wellbeing Award

Claire Willis, 26 of West Leederville is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, completing her PhD focussing on the participation outcomes of children with disabilities. She has presented at professional development workshops to increase the understanding of paediatric exercise for allied health professionals and teachers. Claire has had eight abstracts accepted for presentations at leading childhood disability conferences, some of which have been published in high ranking journals. She attended the International Alliance of Academies of Childhood Disability and was awarded the MindLink Brightwater Interdisciplinary Focused Research Award.

Claire Willis (left) with Kyle Edmonds, Fitness Director, Goodlife Health Clubs

 

Awards Australia Community Service and Volunteering Award

Elizabeth Brennan, 29 of Wongan Hills is a proud advocate for rural Australia, and a role model for young women in agriculture. She is President of the Australian Women in Agriculture and a member of the World Farmer’s Organisation Women’s Committee. Elizabeth was a key member of the organising committee for the 2015 ANZAC Centenary and she volunteers with Meals on Wheels. Elizabeth volunteered with AusAID in Papua New Guinea for two years and received a Women in Australian Agribusiness 100 Outstanding Emerging Leader Award.

Elizabeth Brennan (left) with Geoff Griffin (right), Director, Awards Australia

 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Connie Yarran, 21 of Kellerberrin is the manager and lead choreographer for all Aboriginal, youth hip-hop dance crews, Static Crew and Lil Sparks. Connie has choreographed over 25 routines, and become a mentor and role model for her dancers. They have performed for Celebrate WA, the 2014 Youth Awards and several NAIDOC Opening Ceremonies. Impressed by Connie’s initiative and leadership potential, Community Arts Network have offered her a position as a regional Youth Arts Officer and assisted her to obtain a Certificate 4 in Dance Instruction.

Connie Yarran (right) with Margie Hill, General Manager People and Culture, AustralianSuper