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NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

2016 Winners of the NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards

 
The 2016 category winners onstage together at the Gala Presentation Dinner

 

Overall Winner - NSW/ACT Young Achiever of the Year

Grace Liley, 23 of BLAKEHURST is the NSW Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, volunteering up to three days and two nights each week. During 2015, she coordinated a program called ‘Youth Decide’, facilitating large groups of volunteers to educate 5,000 school students on sustainability and climate change. Grace organised volunteer community groups to advocate against the proposed coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef, culminating in a huge campaign win for the AYCC. Grace was also manager of the youth section for Sydney’s People’s Climate March, constituting a crowd of 45,000.  

 
Director of WHO Printing, Helen Ogle presented Grace Liley with the Environment and Sustainability Award


The Aboriginal Education Council Aboriginal Education Award 

Joshua Celi, 23 of ESTELLA is a proud Wiradjuri man and an enthusiastic first year teacher at Coolamon Central School. He coached the NAIDOC debating team to state champions and has developed Aboriginal education and cultural initiatives. Joshua led the implementation of the Rural and Remote Literacy Program at his School. He is a founding member of Coolamon Central School’s Multicultural Education Committee and developed a program for disengaged boys and girls with low self-esteem. Joshua is also a member of the Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group.

Member for Canterbury, Linda Burney MP presented Joshua Celi with the Aboriginal Education Award

 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Ashleigh Pengelly, 26 of WAGGA WAGGA has a Bachelor of Arts and Social Work and is currently an Aboriginal Youth and Community Development Officer. She sits on many committees including the Riverina Murray Regional Alliance. Ashleigh is a valued member of the Wagga NAIDOC Committee and was a driving force in creating events such as the 2015 NAIDOC Masquerade Ball and Awards. She has organised Lateral Violence training for her community and coordinated Join the Dots, a professional development program for local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists.

 

Group Executive - Membership at AustralianSuper, Paul Schrioder presented Ashleigh Pengelly with the Career Kick Start Award


First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Tom Perfrement, 22 of HAWKER is the founder and executive director of MentorMe Australia, the first nationwide mentoring program for secondary students to university graduates. A chemical engineering graduate, Tom has presented internationally on climate resilience and was selected in the Top 100 Future Graduates Competition. He developed a composite disaster resilience index, assisting communities to deal with the impacts of natural hazards and climate extremes. Tom has led several fundraising initiatives, raising over $6,000 for Headspace and the establishment of a water filtration unit for a marginalized community in Costa Rica.

 

CEO, First National Real Estate, Ray Ellis, presented Tom Perfrement with the Leadership Award

Santos Indegenous Achievement Award

Danielle Hobday, 22 of MANGROVE MOUNTAIN is a Wiradjuri woman and young mother of two, whose passion lies with Indigenous youth and women within the Criminal Justice System. She is completing a double degree in Law and Criminology and has received several prestigious scholarships. Danielle is undertaking an Australian Federal Police Cadetship and works as a Juvenile Justice Youth Officer. She volunteers with the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy and returns each year to Yuelamu, NT to maintain her relationship with the community, school and most importantly, young people.

 

General Manager for Santos Energy, Peter Mitchley presented Danielle Hobday with the Indigenous Achievement Award


The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

James Farley, 25 of WAGGA WAGGA is a passionate young photographic artist. His PhD research is exploring experimental arts practice in the environment. An exhibiting artist both nationally and internationally, James work has received accolades from Arts NSW, The Contemporary Centre of Photography and the Sony World Photography Organization. James works as a sessional academic tutor in art history, art theory and photo media practice. He was commissioned by Wagga Wagga Hospital and the Council to create an interactive all-ages installation and was also featured in the program of the Fusion Festival.

Genevieve Clay-Smith, 27 of ALEXANDRIA is an award-winning writer and director and is CEO of Bus Stop Films. Bus Stop Films is a voluntarily run, not-for-profit company. It is dedicated to building the confidence, English skills and life ready skills of people with an intellectual disability or those from marginalised communities. Bus Stop Films has won over 50 awards, screened at over 90 international film festivals and can be seen on Qantas in-flight entertainment. Genevieve won the 2015 Women's Weekly Women of the Future Awards.

Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazrou presented joint winners James Farley and Genevieve Clay-Smith with the Arts and Fashion Award

 

Freemasons of NSW/ACT Community Service Award

Kimberly La, 17 of BEECROFT created Cloud 9, an extracurricular group focusing on raising awareness of mental health issues. The group now has over 50 members from years 7 to 12 and the school will continue to run Cloud 9 after Kimberly graduates. Kimberly organises events and activities to tackle issues such as stress, body image, domestic violence and youth homelessness. She gained a scholarship to attend the 2015 Women Leading Change forum and is a member of the R U OK Focus Group. Kimberly also volunteers with the Salvation Army and Parkinson's NSW.

 

Andrew Fraser, MP presented Kimberly La with the Community Service Award

WHO Printing Environment and sustainability Award

Grace Liley, 23 of BLAKEHURST is the NSW Coordinator for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, volunteering up to three days and two nights each week. During 2015, she coordinated a program called ‘Youth Decide’, facilitating large groups of volunteers to educate 5,000 school students on sustainability and climate change. Grace organised volunteer community groups to advocate against the proposed coal ports on the Great Barrier Reef, culminating in a huge campaign win for the AYCC. Grace was also manager of the youth section for Sydney’s People’s Climate March, constituting a crowd of 45,000.

Director of WHO Printing, Helen Ogle presented Grace Liley with the Environment and Sustainability Award