Western Australian Young Achiever Awards

“It is a great honour to be awarded the SDERA Health and Well-being Award and be named the 2017 West Australian Young Achiever of the year. I wish to thank the team at WA Awards Australia, the sponsors, and the organisations and institutions I have worked with. I am grateful to live in a time, and a society where speaking up about controversial topics such as mental illness and prejudice is encouraged. My selection for this award is proof of that. I wish to share this honour with all young Australians who have chosen a path of action over ignorance.”

Pavitra Aran
2017 SDERA Health and Well-being Award Winner & Western Australian Young Achiever of the year 

“Winning the WA Young Achievers WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award meant a lot to me personally. I was recognised by my workplace for the role I played in the disaster relief following the Harvey-Waroona Bushfires in January 2016 as well as ongoing contributions to the dairy industry through youth and extension. The bushfires were a difficult time for me personally as half of our family farm had burnt in the blaze, and many of the farmers affected were friends and community members I’d known from a young age. At the time I didn’t even think about the hours I was putting in, I just did them. To be recognised for that is very humbling. I hope that winning the award will encourage other young people in agriculture to strive for their best, and it’s certainly helped me to remain passionate about my work. I would like to once again thank WAFarmers and Rural Bank for their support of this Award, and Bartercard, Channel 7, GWN7, and Hit 92.9 for their support of the Awards. I would definitely recommend others to apply for the Young Achievers Awards as it has been a great experience."

Jess Andony
2017 WAFarmers and Rural Bank Agriculture Award Winner


"I’d like to thank Scott Print for their fantastic work, both with their proactive approach to environmental business practices and for sponsoring the Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award platform to recognise young leaders whom are contributing towards a more sustainable planet. To be recognised by a company who is leading environmental and sustainability practices in their field adds significant weight to this award which I am humbled to receive. The Gala event was an eye-opening experience to witness the depth and breadth of the fantastic work Western Australian’s are achieving across Australia, the level is extremely high. Receiving this award has catalysed my interest in gaining a better understanding of global environmental problems and achievable ways for everyone to contribute to solving as I feel I am now expected to know! I have since returned to Lisbon, Portugal to lead Bombora Wave Power’s European operations as we work towards developing our first commercial scale wave energy prototype. I would like to thank Awards Australia for their hard work in recognising West Australian talent and the event sponsors Channel 7, Hit 92.9 and Pan Pacific for making the event possible. I would never have expected to have received this award, and recommend other young West Australians to apply! You miss all the shots you don’t take."

James McCarthy-Price
2017 Scott Print Environment and Sustainability Award Winner


"Being awarded The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion award has really given me the confidence to continue and pursue my artistic practice further and to know I am travelling along the right road. The recognition has been overwhelming and I've recently been awarded some artwork commissions which I hope to reveal soon! I encourage you to nominate anyone who is deserving and seen to kicking goals in the creative industry. Being nominated is an honour in itself; an acknowledgment of all their achievements to date. . . What are you waiting for? Get nominating!"

Alister Yiap
2017 The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Winner


"Nominate some under 29 years of age for a Young Achiever Award. I was humbled by my boss' nomination last year, and winning an award has had a huge impact on my life today. It's inspiring to recognise our friends, colleagues and community members for their hard work in these times. We hear a large amount of negative media regarding the young people of today so to have this chance to promote and recognise all of the incredible things young people are doing in communities today is an opportunity not to be missed. Take the time. Nominate someone today. I know I will."

Jennifer Edwards
2017 Catholic Education Western Australia Young Leadership Award Winner


"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