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Victorian Young Achiever Awards

The 2016 Victorian Young Achiever Awards

The 2016 winners with Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos at the Gala Presentation Dinner held at The Atlantic Group, Docklands

 

Overall Winner - Victorian Young Achiever of the Year

Aimee Marks - TOM Organic, 29 of St Kilda created TOM’s Organic, a range of feminine hygiene products using Australian Certified Organic cotton. In 2012 and 2013, TOM Organic was stocked in Woolworths and Coles and is now available in all major supermarkets, being the first time an Australian Organic feminine hygiene product has been ranged in supermarkets across Australia. TOM Organic often donates products to charities and is aligned with a number of not for profits focused on women’s health and wellbeing. Aimee was awarded the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and won the Australian Certified Organic Young Leader Award in 2014; TOM Organic also won the product wellbeing category in the Green Lifestyle Awards in 2012.

 2016 Victorian Young Achiever of the Year, Aimee Marks with Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos  

 

CFA Young Volunteer Excellence Award 

Sarah Kenworthy, 19 of Geelong has been involved in a range of volunteer roles such as the Christ Church meal program, providing breakfast for the homeless and disadvantaged; Café Light, raising money for East Timor, and organising ‘Make a Difference’ at Sacred Heart College, increasing awareness of the less fortunate and fundraising for local causes. Sarah spent six weeks volunteering in a health centre in a remote village in Mannya, Uganda, assisting the HIV clinic. She also commenced a ‘Light up Mannya Campaign’, raising over $14,000 and sending over 1400 solar lights to the village

Acting Executive Director of Learning and Volunteerism, CFA, Kate Harrap presented Sarah Kenworthy with the Young Volunteer Excellence Award


Bart N Print Health and Wellbeing Award

Jeremy Samson, 28 of Vermont developed ‘Time 2 Train’, a program to help assist all ages with autism through exercise and personal training, which travels to local communities and interstate to assist families in rural areas that do not have access to beneficial programs. Time 2 Train has travelled internationally to showcase the program and create awareness of the importance of exercise. Jeremy is an Australian Ambassador for the Autism Network Community Awards, and was awarded third place for ‘Performing Arts’ at the Naturally Autistic People Awards in Canada, Jeremy will also star in the first international feature film based on people living with Autism

General Manager of Bart N Print, Steve Bright presented Jeremy Samson with the Health and Wellbeing Award
 

Victoria University Research Impact Award

Dr Francois Petitjean, 29 of Carnige was awarded Best Science PhD of 2013, and was titled as the top PhD in Machine Learning for the Period of 2010-2013 by the French-speaking Machine Learning Association in 2014. He then joined the Monash Centre for Data Science, where his research contributions are routinely used at the French Space Agency, Thales Alenia Space and Digital Globe. Francois has presented his research at conferences, seminars and tutorials at the most prestigious venues around the world, and has published more than 20 articles in world-leading conference proceedings and journals. Francois was awarded AIME 2015 Best Paper Award, and received Honourable Mention for the SDM 2015 Best Research Paper.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Research Training at Victoria University, Professor Warren Payne presented Dr Francois Petitjean with the Research Impact Award
 

The Coffee Club Arts and Fashion Award

Fablice Manirakiza, 26 of Noble Park arrived in Australia eight years ago, and since then has established himself as a creator of influence in the Australian arts scene, working as a rapper, MC, Dancer, Festival Producer and curator. Fablice was awarded the first ever Refugee Scholarship Award from Multicultural Arts Victoria, where he has organised a number of youth arts festivals around Victoria. He is an icon amongst local indigenous youth and has performed workshops across Australia. Fablice was voted Australia’s number one African hip hop act at the South Australian Hip Hop Awards, and voted twice as the Top 100 Influential African/Australians. He is also an official ambassador for the AFL, National Refugee Week, Multicultural Arts Victoria and Melbourne Festival

Director of The Coffee Club, John Lazarou presented Fablice Manirakiza with the Arts and Fashion Award 
 

The Victorian Government Group Achievement in the Community Award 

Unite Alliance Program, of Dandenong aims to improve the quality of life of young people who identify as same sex attracted and/or gender diverse. The group meets weekly to develop awareness campaigns and projects that tackle homophobia and discrimination, including the Day of Action and It Starts With Us Project. Youth workers deliver workshops, to increase knowledge and understanding of inclusive practice, which provides for a safer and more inclusive environment throughout the schools and services these young people attend. Social networks are built throughout the program, which provides another level of support, and gives these young people a sense of belonging.

Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos presented Unite Alliance with the Group Achievement in the Community Award
 

Saward Dawson Community Service and Social Impact Award

Robert Gilies, 25 of Canterbury is the founder of six initiatives, which he contributes 60 hours of unpaid hours per week to. HoMie, a non-profit street wear fashion label and clothing retail store, employing individuals experiencing homelessness; The Homeless of Melbourne Facebook Page, changing negative attitudes and the stigma of homeless people; The Yarra Swim Co, creating the first ever Yarra River swimming pool; The Maningrida Indigenous and Remote Outreach Committee, which runs volunteer trips to remote Indigenous communities; Charity Tap, raising money for charities assisting the world’s poorest individuals; and Dream Larger, providing leadership development and education programs in low-income communities overseas. Robert has volunteered as an English teacher in South East Asia, as a youth worker in remote Indigenous communities and at homeless shelters and soup kitchens across Melbourne. Robert is also a HIV researcher, who has presented his research at the International AIDS conference and the San Francisco Liver Conferenc.

Peter Shields, Partner at Saward Dawson presented Robert Gillies with the Community Service and Social Impact Award
 

The University of Melbourne Science and Technology Award

Dr Julia Marchingo, 27 of Surrey Hills completed her honours and PhD on the very challenging problem of constructing a quantitative framework to describe T cell behaviour in response to the various stimuli they might encounter during an immune reaction. Julia has presented her research at various conferences both nationally and internationally and has been published in several prestigious journals. She has received various awards for her research, including the Picchi award for Excellence in Cancer Research, the Discovery Award for excellence in Scientific Discovery and the Australian Society for Immunology New Investigator Award. Julia was offered a European Molecular Biology Organisation Long-Term Fellowship to pursue postdoctoral training overseas.

Dean of the Faculty of Science at The University of Melbourne, Professor Karen Day presented Phillip, representing Dr Julia Marchingo, with the Science and Technology Award
 

AustralianSuper Career Kick Start Award

Julia Truong, 22 of St Albans established her own events and production business JT. Production Management, a highly successful business delivering a variety of events such as the Western Chances 10th Anniversary Gala event, Tourism Fest in the West and the Heart Foundation Victoria Healthy Living conference. She then developed her second company JT. Weddings, organising many successful weddings and scoring 5 star reviews on Australia’s biggest wedding directory. Julia has also completed work with various theatre and art productions, including stage manager at White Night Melbourne, and is now studying a Bachelor of Production. Julia speaks to high school students about the importance of education and continues to volunteer with not-for-profit organisations

Group Executive - Strategy People and Performance for AustralianSuper, Jane Foley presented Julia Truong with the Career Kick Start Award
 

Bartercard Online Achievement Award

Ashley Davies, 23 of Wheelers Hill is the founder and CEO at Tablo, an online publishing platform where you can write and discover great stories. Authors from over 150 countries have published books on Tablo, which they can publish directly to readers. Ashley was also the founder of PhotoGuides.net, a photography blog helping people learn and understand the world of photography. PhotoGuides.net reached 3 million photographers and published an eBook that became the number one photography best seller on Amazon and iTunes. Ashley has her name alongside patents for online publishing processes, and her and her team has made some significant breakthroughs in the publishing technology space.

General Manager for Bartercard, Bruce Manson presented Ashley Davies with the Online Achievement Award
 

First National Real Estate Leadership Award

Sheree Rubinstein, 28 of St Kilda East is the co-founder of non-profit organisation, ‘Think Big’, a women’s networking group with the mission to inspire Gen Y women. Sheree has driven Think Big, which has hosted events with celebrity speakers and over 200 participants. Sheree is also the co-founder and CEO of social enterprise ‘One Roof’, which offers business coaching, mentorship, advice and opportunities to network with a like-minded community, and access to affordable and targeted professional services. One Roof has hosted hundreds of events and workshops, granted scholarships to six social enterprises, and connected many women to legal advice and business connections. One Roof supports a women’s accelerator program called SHE in South Africa, which offers skills training to women and girls with disabilities and integrating them into the workforce. Sheree was selected as the only Australian of 60 social entrepreneurs to attend REALITY Global leadership program in Israel.

Director of First National Real Estate L J Whorlow, Sharon Wharlow presented Sheree Rubinstein with the Leadership Award

 

Victorian Government Small Business Award

Aimee Marks - TOM Organic, 29 of St Kilda created TOM’s Organic, a range of feminine hygiene products using Australian Certified Organic cotton. In 2012 and 2013, TOM Organic was stocked in Woolworths and Coles and is now available in all major supermarkets, being the first time an Australian Organic feminine hygiene product has been ranged in supermarkets across Australia. TOM Organic often donates products to charities and is aligned with a number of not for profits focused on women’s health and wellbeing. Aimee was awarded the Telstra Young Business Woman of the Year and won the Australian Certified Organic Young Leader Award in 2014; TOM Organic also won the product wellbeing category in the Green Lifestyle Awards in 2012.

Minister for Families & Children, Minister for Youth Affairs, Jenny Mikakos presented Aimee Marks with the Small Business Award