The Tasmanian Young Achievers Awards were announced on Saturday 21 April.
Guilford Young College had seven alumni among the finalists in nine award categories (see below).
Winners were: Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service and Volunteering Award (all three nominees for this award were GYC alumni), Olivia Fleming (GYC 2014, pictured left top with Ald Chong), St Luke’s Health Healthier Communities Award, Nadine Ozols (GYC 2006, pictured middle with Mr Peter Murfett, Director, St Luke’s Health) and Motors Tasmania Sports Award, Madeleine Fasnacht (GYC 2017, pictured bottom with Mr Campbell York, General Manager, Motors Hobart).
Congratulations to the winners and also the finalists. Thank you for making our community a better place in which to live.
Guilford Young College has a number of alumni as finalists in various categories in the 2018 Tasmanian Young Achiever Awards.
The finalists* are:
University of Tasmania Faculty of Education Teaching Excellence Award, Olivia Newlands (GYC 2009) is an English and Humanities Teacher at Sacred Heart College. In her second year of teaching, Olivia was made Head of the English Department. In 2017 she organised, fundraised and led the college’s Immersion Experience to Timor Leste.
Heather and Christopher Chong Community Service and Volunteering Award (all three nominees for this award are alumni), Olivia Fleming (GYC 2014, pictured right, top) founded The Little Help Project during her first year studying medicine. The project tackles mental health issues and empowers young people. This not-for-profit has 25 volunteers and has helped 8000 Tasmanians build resilience and self-esteem.
Grace Hills (GYC 2015, pictured right,second from top) has been rescuing animals for a decade. In 2016 she founded the not-for-profit Illoura Animal Refuge which tackles Tasmania’s feral cat issue by promoting responsible pet ownership and the importance of desexing. To cover the refuge’s costs, she works three jobs, one of them full-time.
Nathan Morey (GYC 2008) is the Chairman for Selectors Athletics Tasmania and has been the OVA Athletics Committee President for four years. He is highly active in the athletics community and often takes annual leave to volunteer as team manager for national junior interstate competitions. He is a role model and training partner for many State-level junior athletes.
TADPAC Print Service to the Disability Sector Award, Luke Williams (GYC 2017, pictured right, second from bottom) is the founder and president of Lend a Hand to Hugo, a not-for-profit charity that raises awareness and funds for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In 2015, Luke won the Pride of Australia Young Leader Award and in 2017 was GYC’s Glenorchy College Captain. He is also a talented cricketer.
St Luke’s Health Healthier Communities Award, Nadine Ozols (GYC 2006) has worked in the health and aged care sector for 10 years. She has facilitated a number of health and wellbeing programs and is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program for high potential leaders.
Spirit of Tasmania Tourism and Hospitality Award, Nikia Shaw (GYC 2014) has worked for Conference Design for two years, delivering 40 conferences. She provides excellent customer service as the first point of contact for clients. She has worked with CPA and raised funds for the Cancer Council through the Tuxedo Junction Charity Ball. She undertook a volunteer internship at Business Events Tasmania, utilising her Certificate II in Tourism and Diploma in Events.
Motors Tasmania Sports Award, Madeleine Fasnacht (GYC 2017, pictured right, bottom) was Australia’s flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2017 Junior Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas. After state, national and international success, she was named the 2017 Australian Junior Cyclist.
* the information was taken from the Tasmanian Young Achievers Award website (current finalists)