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Bayside Youth Awards winners

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

 A young Sea Scout tackling beach pollution, a resourceful inventor and a mental health advocate are some of the outstanding recipients of 2017 Bayside Youth Awards.

The biennial awards were announced at a ceremony last night at Brighton Town Hall to recognise young people aged 10-25 and their contribution to the Bayside community.

Bayside City Council Mayor, Cr Alex del Porto said the awards helped to highlight the positive impact of young leaders on Bayside.

“Young people are contributing to our community in a myriad of ways. This year we received nominations for 48 individuals who are making Bayside a better place.”

“All of the nominees are leaders in their own way – through their efforts, creativity and resilience, they are contributing to our community,” said Cr del Porto.

The winner of the Youth Community Leadership Award is Samuel Perkins.  Seventeen-year-old Sam is committed to the protection of Bayside’s beaches.  His program of regular beach monitoring with the Brighton Sea Scouts gathered data on micro-plastic pollution and sand movement. Sam recently sought and gained grant funding to train other groups in the monitoring program.

The joint Winners of the Youth Creativity Award are Jackson Court and Ben Carter.

Twelve-year-old Jackson invented a solar powered backpack - the 'Jax Solar Pax' to charge his mobile phone while he walked to school. His innovative backpacks will be available for purchase from his website in July 2017.

Ben, aged 17, is a passionate and dedicated member of the headspace Elsternwick Youth Advisory Committee. Ben works to increase the profile of mental health and normalize the experience of asking for help through community events and fundraising.

Daniel Blunt and Stella Wadeson are joint winners of the School Leadership Award.

Daniel is passionate about working with vulnerable communities and recently organised a walk to promote awareness of the challenges faced by women worldwide. He led a school based group that raised almost $25,000 through a forty-hour famine event.

Seventeen-year-old Stella Wadeson promotes inclusion of young indigenous girls within St. Leonard’s College and the wider Bayside community. She recently co-ordinated Unite-Us Week to raise awareness of indigenous communities and supports younger indigenous students in their transition into the college.

The Youth Courage Award was awarded to nine recipients to recognise great resilience and demonstrated personal growth from overcoming challenges in day-to-day life.

The winners are Scott Anderson, James Campbell, Tynan Chamberlain, Rhiannon Cheong, Lachlan Francis, Cory McQuilkin-Feehan, William Murray, Audrey Mardbinda and Charlie Warner.

The joint winners of the Julian Gurrieri Memorial Award for contribution, leadership and and a long standing commitment to Bayside Youth Services committees were Alijosa Veljovic, Joy Rao and Mikaela Copland.

Bayside City Council conducts the Bayside Youth Awards with support from Brighton North Rotary, Smith Brothers Media, Resilient Youth Australia, Give a Care, All Souls Opportunity Church and Bunnings.

Youth Community Leadership Award

Samuel Perkins, age 17 - Samuel is committed to the protection of Bayside’s beaches.  His program of regular beach monitoring with the Brighton Sea Scouts gathered data on micro-plastic pollution and sand movement. Samuel recently sought and gained grant funding to train other groups in the monitoring program.

Joint Winners Youth Creativity Award

Jackson Court, age 12 -  Jackson invented an innovative solar powered backpack - the 'Jax Solar Pax' to charge his mobile phone while he walked to school. His innovative backpacks will be available for purchase from his website in July 2017.

Ben Carter, age 17 - Ben is a passionate and dedicated member of the headspace Elsternwick Youth Advisory Committee. Ben works to increase the profile of mental health and normalize the experience of asking for help through community events and fundraising.

Joint winners of the School Leadership Award

Daniel Blunt, age 16 - Daniel is passionate about working with vulnerable communities and recently organised a walk to promote awareness of the challenges faced by women worldwide. He led a school based group that raised almost $25,000 through a forty-hour famine event.

Stella Wadeson , age 17 - Stella promotes inclusion of young indigenous girls within St. Leonard’s College and the wider Bayside community. She recently co-ordinated Unite-Us Week to raise awareness of indigenous communities and supports younger indigenous students in their transition into the college.

Joint Winners Youth Courage Award

Charlie Warner, age 12 - With a rare and painful condition that necessitates long periods in hospital, Charlie never complains and only thinks of the impact of her illness on others.  Charlie has enormous courage and provides inspiration to those around her.

Audrey Mardbinda, age 17 - Believing in the value of education, Audrey relocated from her family home in Arnhem Land to attend St Leonards College.  Aiming to study nursing and improve the health of her community, Audrey is a mentor for other young indigenous girls at St Leonards College.

William Murray, age 15 - After a life changing spinal injury in 2016, Will has demonstrated enormous strength of character and inspired many people within the Bayside community. He is testament to the great things that can be achieved when overcoming adversity.

Cory McQuilkin-Feehan, age 18 - Demonstrating bravery and resilience, Cory is passionate about sport despite being unable to participate due to a significant injury. He is a very encouraging and motivating supporter, pursuing his passion in a way that helps others.  Cory is a school council representative at Berandale School.  

Lachlan Francis, age 16 - Lachlan has not let Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia keep him from continuing an active involvement with his beloved game of football.  His determination and positive outlook provides inspiration to all throughout the Beaumaris Football Club.

Rhiannon Cheong, age 22 - Facing difficult personal circumstances in recent times, Rhiannon believes a smile can make a difference to a person struggling with challenges. Rhiannon participates in the “Wheelly Good Coffee” social enterprise to reach out to others while serving a coffee.

Tynan Chamberlain, age 12 - Acting with care and foresight beyond his years, Tynan supports his mother who has been a quadriplegic since he was 13 months old.  His actions in a recent emergency situation highlighted Tynan’s quiet determination and resilience as well as his great love for his family.

James Campbell, age 18 - A work experience placement from Berendale School grew into a three-year apprenticeship at Citywide. Dedicated to his work, James has received a number of awards as a result of his commitment and determination.

Scott Anderson, age 17 - The captain of Berendale School, Scott is a natural leader who provides an important student voice in decision making.  He has faced considerable personal adversity and is known as the “the backbone” due to his ever-present encouragement of others.

Joint winners Julian Gurrieri Memorial Award

Alijosa Veljovic, age 24 - Aliljosa has been involved in the Bayside Youth Committees since 2009. This includes the FreeZA committee, '101 days of you' mental health campaign, where to go for help posters and the biannual Future Gen youth conference.

Joy Rao, age 17 - An enthusiastic and supportive member of the Bayside Youth Ambassadors for four year, Joy has assisted with two Future Gen youth conferences, a photography exhibition and a positive mental health campaign. She also supports fundraising for organisations including Red Cross and promotes student wellbeing within her school community.

Mikaela Copland, age 18 - An avid Bayside Youth Ambassador for four years, Mikaela was active in the delivery of the Youth Festival Beachside, the 2016 Future Gen Forum and a number of other Bayside youth campaigns.  Her leadership skills were highlighted in the Bayside Youth Ambassador photography competition, where her combined passion for community and photography enabled a highly successful youth initiative.

Winner of the Youth Community Leadership Award Samuel Perkins

Joint Winners of the Youth Creativity Award Jackson Court and Ben Carter

Joint winner School Leadership Award Stella Wadeson

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