Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards

"Winning the 2016 Premiers Young Achiever of the Year Award was for me, amazing, yet sad at the same time. I have been fortunate enough to have been recognised a couple times now in regards to my work with SPEAK UP! Stay ChatTY. And each time this happens, I am left with both excitement, but also with great sadness.
I love being recognised, and it is the greatest feeling to know that all of the hard work over the years has been noticed, and that you are making a difference. But when the dust settles, comes the realisation of why I have been handed such special award. I realise that I lost my younger brother to suicide, and that I have a huge hole in my heart because of that. But life will sadly, always now be like that. So therefore I will take amazing awards such as this, and power forward with them to continue raising awareness.
This award has put our charity in the minds of many more Tasmanians. And if this is helping and encouraging more of us to speak when we are going through a difficult time, then that is an outcome that I am truly grateful for.
I would encourage people to nominate those making a positive difference in your community. Because for people to be recognised for hard work just like I was, is one of the greatest motivators out there."

Mitch McPherson
2016 Premier's Young Achiever of the Year
2016 St.LukesHealth Healthier Communities Award Winner


"I feel incredibly honoured to receive the 2016 Tasmanian Young Achiever Award for Service to the Disability Sector. Meeting so many inspiring people and hearing their stories on the awards night was truly amazing.

Whilst the voluntary work I have done for Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania was never done in the hope of recognition, receiving this award has enabled me to raise even more awareness and funds. I have since completed numerous media interviews and have recently been appointed Ambassador of Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania. I am really excited to continue supporting the Tasmanian cystic fibrosis community and do everything I can to improve the quality of life for people living with cystic fibrosis including my daughter"

Carrie Leppard
2016 TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award Winner


"I found the experience of being part of the awards incredibly rewarding. It was a great privilege to be recognised for the arts amongst such a talented and hard working group of young people. Being recognised in this way affirms that you are on the right path and the years of hard work are appreciated. The awards also created an opportunity to meet contacts both within my field and many others. This experience has confirmed in my mind that the pursuit of creating training opportunities for jewellers and in specialist areas of jewellery manufacturing is the right path for me and will help create positive change in the industry."

Halina Kaufman
2016 The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award Winner


"Participating in the Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards program was an amazing journey. Being mentioned in the same breath as the other category winners was a truly humbling experience. Receiving this award was fantastic recognition for the St.Paul's, St.Therese's and Tasmanian Track and Field communities that I am so lucky to be a part of. This award has given me the opportunity to work with early career teachers and mentor undergraduate students from the education faculty at the University of Tasmania."

Samuel Morey
2016 UTAS Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award Winner


“It was surreal having a whole room of people clapping for the things you do. For most of us I think our work is just what we do out of love every day and it's a wonderful feeling for that to be acknowledged. It makes it all feel real. You can really look back and see how far you have come until that moment. For me it was an affirmation of what I do. Some days you get stuck filling out forms or doing parts of the job that seem like you're getting nowhere. The awards helped me to step back and see the entire picture, where we have come from, where we are now but also where we're going. I hope other young people see the category finalists and winners and that it will inspire them to put themselves forward or to start pursuing something they are passionate about. Since the awards I have held launch events for my two initiatives, been invited to speak both here and interstate and have just been put on the speaker line up for a conference at the end of the year. I have also continued to plug away at the projects and push though some big wine and pieces of work. It's been an incredible time! My plans are to set some bolder goals for The Last Straw and Global Partners for Change, do really well in study this semester and just spend the next couple of years kicking some real goals.”

Eva MacKinley
2016 Heather & Christopher Chong Community Service Award Winner