Western Australian Young Achiever Awards

"As a self-confessed chronic volunteer, it’s an absolute treat to be acknowledged for something that fills me with such joy. Volunteers are the pulse of regional Australia, without which our communities would not sustain basic services and activities such as fire and rescue, ambulance, aged care, community sports and much more. And whilst volunteering overflows my altruistic cup, it has opened so many doors for me professionally. From chairing national not-for-profits, influencing global policy on food security, living in Papua New Guinea – the second most beautiful place in the world – and getting to meaningfully contribute to the future of the most beautiful place in the world – my home community of Wongan Hills.
Thank you to my family who’ve driven me to strive for nothing but the highly aspirational position of top dog. Thank you to my community of Wongan Hills for being the best place in the world to have my roots in and to bloom from. Thank you to my category sponsor on Awards Australia for recognising the power of young volunteers. Thank you to Channel 7 and GWN for making this whole event possible."

Elizabeth Brennan
2016 Community Service and Volunteering Award Winner and 2016 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year


"It was fantastic to be recognised for my hard work and achievements in the arts. The awards night was a wonderful celebration of the combined achievements of WA’s youth and I really enjoyed learning more about what others were doing in their respective fields. Since winning the Coffee Club Australia Arts and Fashion Award, I have continued pursuing my creative practice focussing more on making new exciting theatre for audiences in WA. I plan to continue this pursuit with my theatre company The Last Great Hunt for many years to come."

Kathryn Osborne
2016 The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award


"Winning the Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award was such an honour, it was really nice to be recognized for all my hard work. The evening was so special, great food, fabulous wine and spectacular dances and entertainment – it’s a night I certainly won’t forget. Since winning the award, I have had a number of speaking opportunities that have allowed me to spread awareness of my work and raise the profile of Bottle for Botol. I have had some fabulous support from my Sponsor, Scott Print, who are helping me with much needed business advice and mentoring. I would highly recommend getting involved in the WA Young Achiever Awards."

Christine Parfitt
2016 Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award


"It was an honour to be a part of the WA Young Achiever Awards program in 2016. Being announced as the winner of the Health and Well-being category was certainly a surprise! There are many young West Australian's doing exceptional work to improve the health and wellbeing of our community, and it was fantastic to see these many initiatives recognised in various ways throughout the program. Since the awards, I have continued to coordinate the Exercise and Health Promotion program at PMH. I have also travelled back to Norway to finish our research that will help us to expand this program in the future, and enable more children and youth with disabilities and complex health conditions to participate in physical activity. Thank you again to Awards Australia, Channel 7, and Goodlife Health Clubs, whom without their support, the Young Achievers program would not be possible."

Claire Willis
2016 Goodlife Health Clubs Health and Wellbeing Award