Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards
The purpose of the Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people up to and including 29 years of age each year.
In 2016 Scouts SA has proudly sponsored the Scouts SA Leadership Award.
Tenacity, dedication, passion, selflessness and confidence are the key qualities of those amazing young people who are the “leaders” and driving force in our communities. These young people are at the forefront of community contribution in their work or field of endeavour.
They may have implemented active change or positive outcomes within their group, business or organisation, altering the way people think and perform for the better. They may be leading and driving those around them on a journey of achievement or improvement. They will have achieved excellent outcomes and raised pride in the community and our state.
The Scouts SA Youth Leadership Award acknowledges young people who set an example through their leadership and drive, paving the way for others to follow. This can be in any field of life enhancing endeavour, including socially, spiritually or in the sense of good citizenship.
Winners of the 2016 Channel 9 Young Achiever Awards
Winner of the Scouts SA Leadership Award
Callum Pope, 18 was a participant just three years ago with The Operation Flinders Foundation, a wilderness adventure program for young offenders and young people at risk. After successfully completing three training weekends, Callum progressed to become a Peer Group Mentor. Staff at the Foundation describe him as “a great mentor, role model and a leader.” Callum volunteers, assists with school drama productions, and balances his schooling with caring for his father who has Cerebral Palsy. Callum has applied to join the Army to further develop his leadership skills.
Finalists of the Scouts SA Leadership Award
Nick Banks (Rover Scout)
Nicholas Banks, 22 was named one of the three most outstanding Scouts in the Asia-Pacific region and has been a member of the South Australian Youth Parliament. Nicholas was awarded a SACE Commendation by the Governor of South Australia and the Charles Hawker Scholarship with residency at St Mark's College, whilst studying at the University of Adelaide. In 2012, Nicholas returned to Africa supporting The Kalahari Experience, an ongoing project improving education and health in remote southern Africa. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce and International Studies
Mercedes Page, 25 is the founder and CEO of Young Australians in International Affairs. The organisation is a not-for profit think-tank committed to fostering the next generation of Australian leadership in international affairs. Since launching in 2014, they now have 5 branches and 40 volunteers across Australia running 70 events from roundtable discussions, young professionals networking events and skill-building sessions. Mercedes is recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and in 2015 was named one of Australia’s Top 50 Young Social Pioneers.
Arun Thomas, 26 completed Degrees in Commerce and Nursing, and as President of the UniSA Student Association, where he has Honorary Life membership, he created 20 new jobs for students, and a new board position in the organization to represent Aboriginal and TorresStrait Islander students. Arun is the youngest person to earn the title of Adjunct Clinical Associate with the UniSA Division of Health Sciences. Arun has been appointed to the Australian Red Cross SA Advisory Board and Director of Carrington Cottages Management Inc., securing $1.4m in funding to create 10 new beds for homeless persons in Adelaide.
Congratulations to all the nominees for the Scouts SA Leadership Award and to the 250 nominees in all the award categories.
More information on nominating a young achiever for an award is available at the Awards Australia website.