TASMANIA

Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

2016 Winners of the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

The Hon Elise Archer MP with the 2016 winners at the Gala Presentation Dinner


Overall Winner - Premier's Young Achiever of the Year

Mitch McPherson, 28 of Tranmere established “SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY” after his younger brother Ty took his own life in 2013. The charity aims to prevent suicide by spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it. Mitch has presented to more than 150 schools and sporting clubs and will roll out a school program this year. The Tasmanian State Football League dedicated one round to raise funds and awareness. Mitch has raised over $120,000 in funds and Speak Up Stay ChatTY has almost 11,000 Facebook followers.

CEO for St.LukesHealth, Chris Williams presented Mitch McPherson with the Healthier Communities Award 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Charlotte Hunn, 28 of Kingston founded COMET, or Community Engagement Tasmania. COMET trains law students to provide education for disadvantaged and homeless youth on key aspects of criminal law and the justice system. Charlotte was awarded the Sandy Duncanson Social Justice Bursary for The COMET Project. She received the LexisNexis Prize for achieving the highest mark in Criminology and has accepted a position as research assistant on the National Jury Project with the Tasmanian Law Reform Institution. Charlotte has also volunteered for Colony 47 and the Tasmanian Asylum Seekers Support Network.

Business Partnership Manager for AustralianSuperm Randolph Nevis presented Charlotte Hunn with the Career Kick Start Award 

Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service Award

Eva MacKinley, 25 of Sandy Bay founded The Last Straw, a campaign to eliminate the use of plastic straws across Australia, encouraging a plastic free and zero waste life. She is Director of Global Partners for Change, a start-up program supporting young Kenyan people to create social change programs for their communities. Eva was the first Tasmanian Ambassador for the 2014 One Young World Summit in Dublin and Youth delegate to the 2013 Rotary International Peace Conference. She is a member of the Tasmanian Youth Consultative Committee and Youth Council.

Alderman Heather Chong presented Eva McKinley with the Community Service Award 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Halina Kaufman, 28 of Lenah Valley has had a successful career in jewellery manufacturing with two regional and a National gold medal for WorldSkills. She received an international team leadership challenge scholarship and an International Specialised Skills Institute fellowship. Halina has been a finalist five times in Australian Design Awards. She trained with master engravers in Florence and Louisiana and a specialist diamond setter in The Netherlands. Halina is a judge and project designer for the WorldSkills jewellery competitions and aims in the future to be the Jewellery Expert.

Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazarou presented Halina Kaufman with the Arts and Fasion Award 

University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, Teaching Excellence Award 

Samuel Morey, 28 of Berriedale began teaching at St Therese’s Catholic Primary school as the PE teacher and in 2014 was appointed Assistant Principal of St Paul's Catholic Primary School in Bridgewater. Sam implemented the extra-curricular ‘Kickstart’ and ‘Accelerator’ sessions, for students who have anxiety towards learning and providing acceleration opportunities for capable students. He was awarded a “Growing in Leadership: Emerging Leaders Award” by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. Sam volunteers his time coaching and facilitating St Therese’s soccer, basketball, athletics and Cross Country Teams, and has been appointed mentor and talent development coach with Athletics Tasmania.

Acting Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania, Professor Karen Swabey presnented Samuel Morey with the Teaching Excellence Award 

Motors Group Tasmania Sports Award

Jacob Birtwhistle, 20 of Launceston won the 2015 under-23 Triathlon World Championship. One of the top men on each leg of the triathlon, he separated himself from a five-man front pack to ultimately win the race and take home the World Champion honour. He was the 2014 world junior duathlon and junior world championship silver medallist. Jacob took 1st and 2nd places in four out of seven triathlons last year. Jacob will now challenge for a spot in the Olympic team for Rio.

State Sales Manager for Motors Group Tasmania, Angela Travers presented James' representative with the Sports Award

Tadpac Print Service to the Disability Sector Award

Carrie Leppard, 26 of Glenorchy has raised over $17,000 for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. When her daughter Charlotte was born with CF, Carrie wanted to create community awareness. She has spoken publicly about the importance of undertaking testing for carrying the CF gene, and about the challenges of parenting a child with Cystic Fibrosis. Carrie set up the ‘Cystic Fibrosis Support Group and Advice Australia’, Facebook page which now has 400 active members. The group allows parents and carers to discuss issues around their child's CF in a supportive environment.

Chairman of TADPAC Print, Ross Copping presented Carrie Leppard with the Service to the Disability Sector Award 

Colony 47 Young Aboriginal Achievement Award

Teangi Brown, 21 of Bellerive works at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, running educational programs and guided tours on Tasmanian Aboriginal culture and history. He is often requested to speak at functions on the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. Teangi also successfully operates his own business as an Aboriginal Interpretation guide for schools on cultural camps. He has participated in the Tasmanian Youth Forum and the National Indigenous Youth Parliament. He volunteers for Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre's Land care with Parks and Wildlife and regularly performs Welcome to Country at community events.

CEO of Colony 47, Therese Taylor presnted Teangi Brown with the Aboriginal Achievement Award


St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award 

Mitch McPherson, 28 of Tranmere established “SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY” after his younger brother Ty took his own life in 2013. The charity aims to prevent suicide by spreading the message that nothing is so bad that you can’t talk about it. Mitch has presented to more than 150 schools and sporting clubs and will roll out a school program this year. The Tasmanian State Football League dedicated one round to raise funds and awareness. Mitch has raised over $120,000 in funds and Speak Up Stay ChatTY has almost 11,000 Facebook followers.

CEO for St.LukesHealth, Chris Williams presented Mitch McPherson with the Healthier Communities Award