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Wyndham City Youth Services is committed to supporting and promoting the ingenuity and accomplishments of young people across the municipality.

Each month Council will select a Wyndham resident aged between 12 – 25 to be awarded the young person of the month – ‘One Wyndham’ recipient.

The award aims to build the profile of young people who are positively contributing to the Wyndham community and thank them for their contribution and dedication and acknowledge their achievements. The selected monthly candidate will be a positive role model to other young people in the community who may have similar aspirations and goals.

What the award entails

Winners of the One Wyndham Young Person of the Month will receive:

  • A $300 gift voucher
  • Profile image and article in the Council monthly newsletter; Wyndham News, 
  • Profile picture and biography on the One Wyndham webpage
  • A bi-monthly advert in the Star Weekly newspaper, highlighting their achievements
  • A certificate, which they can reference in their CV and job applications
  • Invitation to attend the monthly - One Wyndham Peer Networking Dinners.

One Wyndham Application Form (self-nominate)

One Wyndham Nomination Form (nominate someone else)

2023

September- Atticus Tan

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Atticus has a huge interest in bikes and he is always researching on how to upgrade his very own bike in the garage. It all began when he started fixing his siblings' bikes and then the neighbours'. Atticus knew he could put his bike repair knowledge to greater use.

Atticus' mum - Leah began putting up posts on Point Cook local "Buy Nothing" Facebook page, offering his free bike servicing services. Very quickly, residents of Point Cook started making appointments to send their bikes in for health checks, tyres and chain replacement, seat adjustment or even a full bike repair. He would open up the garage on alternate weeks and during the school holidays so that parents could send their children's bikes in before a major cycling trip. And as he works on the bikes, he also coaches the parents on how to maintain their children's bikes, for safety purposes and awareness.

Atticus also picks up abandoned bike parts and collects donated spare parts to use them on his repair projects. The stash that he collected managed to put so many bikes back onto the road, avoiding the fate of them landing in the landfill! He was not only helping to cut environmental waste but also saving residents thousands of dollars.

It was always the smiles on the faces of those who came to get their bikes serviced that makes Atticus feel that all his effort of opening up his garage to help the community was all worth it.

Other than opening up his garage to service bikes of the community for free. He is also an active Leading Cadet in the Australian Air Force Cadet, based out of Point Cook RAAF. Atticus volunteers actively through the AAFC on Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and on other important military events held all over Victoria.

Atticus is a student at Alamanda College. On weekends, Atticus has a pool of neighbours who pay for his mowing services. He mows their nature strips once a month and he would use the money earned to purchase parts for his free bike repair workshop in the garage.

Atticus loves cycling, sailing and travelling. Atticus has a passion for sailing and is currently part of the Australian Optimist Sailing Team. He recently represented Team Australia and competed at an international sailing regatta in Morocco. He sails in two classes - the International Optimist boat and a 29er skiff.

Atticus has fixed many bikes in the community in the past 1 year. He began helping the neighbours and then as he grew more confident, he allowed his mum to spread the word through the whole community. Soon enough, many cyclists from all over Point Cook began sending in their bikes for him to do a health check or repair. Many had thanked him for saving them time and money, and most importantly coaching them on how to maintain their bikes too.

When parents send in bikes for Atticus to repair, the little children followed along and they would listen and watch carefully as Atticus explain what was going on with their bikes. Their parents would use this opportunity to tell their kids how Atticus' volunteered time and effort that had allowed them to be able to get their bikes fixed, saved them a trip to a store and even saved a few hundreds of dollars. It is important that these young people see people of their own generation, of similar age group stepping up and forward to give their time and knowledge to benefit the community.

Atticus is self-taught and he had learnt plenty from reading and learning by observation. He also learns from plenty of online sources to understand the mechanism of bikes. His abilities to fix bikes benefitted the community directly as cycling is one of the most common hobby. Almost every household in Australia owns a bike and that could mean more landfills if they aren't well maintained.

Atticus is upright and useful to the society. He wants to gain knowledge in the areas that he is interested in and turn this learning to contribute directly to the community around him.

August - Keerthana Karthik

Keerthana Karthik

My name is Keerthana and I am, in essence, an average 15 year old. What sets me apart? My dedication. For example, my passion for the performing arts the performing arts has recently led me to being invited to teach a class at Blossom Community Care for people funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. From this position, I am able to inspire others to be the best they can, and develop skills that are useful in a variety of everyday situations.
I like to live religiously by the fact that a person can only keep improving, and it gives me comfort during moments of rejection and fuel as I try again. Feedback is the first thing I like to look for after I’ve finished something, so no matter what I do, I can do it better next time.

I volunteer tutor with Equal Ed, tutoring students from low SES backgrounds in western suburbs. I really hope I’ve made a positive impact in the kids’ lives in some way, whether working with them on an annoyingly difficult maths question or by playing games and helping them unwind from a tiring day.

I Manager a chapter of a newly established charity organisation called HealthCove that is primarily youth-led, planning plenty of events to run in the Wyndham area.

HealthCove focuses on achieving equity in public health by fundraising and raising awareness. Our past causes include breast cancer research, support for people with ovarian cancer, hospital equipment for children and autism awareness. I am very lucky to be in the position that I am and help others through the work I do.

I planned and organised an event for autism awareness called the Butterfly Relay with the help of some HealthCove members. It involved sponsored runners running laps to raise awareness and money, as well as a bake sale. We managed to surpass our goal and raise over $600 in both online and physical donations!

I study at Suzanne Cory High School and I am an active member of my school community in a number of ways:
- I am a school ambassador, which means I represent our school to the wider community during events, information evenings and school tours.
- I am part of a huge variety of music ensembles, performances and showcases, and represent my school at the State School Spectacular.
- I hold and participate in many fundraisers and awareness events for different causes, but primarily healthcare related ones.
- I am a diligent student, always striving to challenge myself and learn as much as I can in all of my subjects. I believe that has been reflected on my progress throughout the years, not only as a student but as a human being.

The first thought that comes to mind is music. The second is community. And to me, those two can be interchangeable. It’s a skill passed over generations, taught by one person to another.
I’ve seen how music builds community personally.

My family and I arrived in Australia with our life contained in 2 suitcases knowing no one here. My parents longed for a connection to people of our demographic who had been through similar experiences, something we found ourselves enveloped in as we joined an Indian community group in Wyndham. Every meeting was centred around the sounds of our heritage, families from every corner of India were able to be united under the warm and welcoming shelter of music. If that’s not community, what is?

I want to be a positive inspiration to every young person in my community who has a passion. For the longest time, I was scared of failing, a fear that crippled any motivation I had to follow my passion and it took me a while to grow beyond that fear, and sometimes I had to learn it the hard way. I use my experiences as evidence to the fact that even when it feels like your one misstep has caused your world to crumble around you, all you need is hope and a voice inside that tells you to keep trying. From the people I’ve tutored to students I’ve mentored, I convey the same message - every step forward you take is progress, and it should be celebrated.

I pride myself on my ability to problem solve - to identify a gap or a facility that could be improved upon, and gathering the feedback and resources required to achieve the improvement.
I also love being able to bring a room together to work on and create one thing, which is a leadership skill that I feel guides the purpose of a community.

I’d like to work in medical research, a field that brings forward so many of the crucial developments that doctors use to save lives, yet one that also overlooks the needs of minority patients. In the past, many studies that were the precedents for life-changing treatments were majorly focused on caucasian, cis-gender male patients, and as a result, several women, people of colour and gender non-conforming patients suffered side effects that were not thoroughly researched. This point is often skated over in medical history, and I’d like to be part of the change moving forward. Minority groups should not have to have a higher risk of dying due to a medical treatment just because clinical trials were not conducted on a population of enough genetic variance.

July Winner - Emily Leahy

Em has made significant positive progress since her involvement with headspace. She successfully completed a course last year and is currently studying, attending the Youth Advisory Group and various activities with headspace. Em is also about to commence a week of volunteering within the Wyndham region.

Em completed Certificate 4 in Leisure and Health, and is currently completing Certificate 4 in Youth Work. Em has also worked at McDonald's in Wyndham.

Em has a history of employment in hospitality and child care. Current studies will hopefully lead to work in youth work to support youth in the Wyndham region.  

Em is most passionate about supporting young people and being in the outdoors.

Em is extremely adventurous and sporty, and enjoys keeping her mind and body active.

Em is currently involved with the youth advisory group as part of headspace which provides her with the opportunity and skills to contribute to the ongoing development of headspace services.

Em has the ability to interact well with other youth and enjoys teaching and learning from others within the community.

Em is easy going, enjoys meeting new people, she is open minded and always willing to learn and try her best at anything she puts her head to.

Em hopes to successfully complete her current course to enable her to work and support the youth of Wyndham.

June Winner - Akash Surujpal

June Winner - Akash Surujpal

Determined and pro-active, Akash Surujpal is a remarkable asset to the Wyndham community, who uses his talents towards the enrichment and benefit of our local community. With generosity and compassion at the forefront of his work, his demonstration of altruistic values, reinforces his commitment to those in the Wyndham community and wider Victoria.

As such, Akash draws from his own experiences, and adopts empathy to consider the experience of others, to tackle pressing issues in Australia, such as food and grocery insecurity.

A notable achievement of Akash’s was being awarded the 2022 ‘Lalor Hero’s Award’ by Joanne Ryan MP, through which he was recognised by members of the Australian Federal Government for contributions to the Heathdale Christian College community and Wyndham community. He was described as a “backbone of the community”, through his volunteering work.

In 2022, Akash commenced his first year as leader of the Heathdale Food Drive, after previously being involved within the team. His inaugural year of leading the initiative was met with roaring success as the team surpassed the previous food collection total from the previous years, with their total exceeding 1,175 donations. Aligned with the team’s goal of growing the success of the event, they undertook the impressive mission of engaging all the school’s campuses and cohorts. As forementioned, they were ultimately very successful in raising proceeds for Food Bank Victoria, who aid in tackling Victoria’s ever-growing issue food insecurity.

Akash was elected to serve as the 2021 Carey House Vice-Captain, alongside being an integral part of its core leadership team. As a part of these roles, he was responsible for the coordination of house-related activities, as well as other forward-facing responsibilities, such as hosting assemblies and leading house meetings. Further, in 2018, he was elected to represent his peers as the Class President. This program provided brilliant framework, which enabled him to develop his leadership, communication, and collaboration skills. Both these roles, cemented Akash’s position as a representative within his community, thus reinforcing his position in which he must be a role-model for others.

His other community involvements include starring in Heathdale’s 2022 Production of the Sound of Music, being a member of Carey’s winning choral team in 2021 & 2022 and participating in extra-curricular activities such as AusKick, cricket and karate.

In 2023, Akash commences his inaugural year of Air Force Cadets, in which he strives to serve his nation and his fellow ADF community. It is intended through this process, that qualities, such as initiative, leadership, discipline, and loyalty, will be fostered and strengthened.

Regarding voluntary work, Akash has helped as a junior volunteer, at Messy Church since 2017. This program has provided opportunities to connect and work members of the Wyndham community.

Akash’s passion for the theatre and musicals has enabled him to appreciate and understand profound concepts. Akash’s passion towards bridging the gap between those fortunate and those less fortunate, has provided the groundwork for his volunteering endeavours.

Akash aims to influence others to contribute in their own ways. Above all, Akash hopes that his work has contributed towards the betterment of his local community.

It is also noted that Akash’s efforts have encouraged friends and peers to advocate for issues that they are personally passionate about. Thus, fostering leadership and advocacy related values in the hearts of others, which in turn contributes to Wyndham’s inclusive, thriving community.

Alongside his communicational and organisational skills, he believes that these have provided him with a strong base for his leadership roles. Moreover, his team-related and problem-solving skills, have allowed for success in these forementioned endeavours.

On a personal level, Akash hopes that his efforts help to diversify and strengthen the community. He plans to continue his community-based work in the years to come. Furthermore, his career-orientated goals include successfully earning his Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and furthering his education at university

May Winner - Raidah Parvez

May Winner - Raidah Parvez

Please share your own bio/story which best describes why you should be the One Wyndham Young Person of the Month.
As a Muslim woman of colour, my cultural identity together with my experiences abroad, locally, and online have formed much of what I value. Despite growing up in a multicultural environment, I had noticed a lack of accurate multicultural representation and cultural awareness, in addition to the normalised use of microaggressions within daily conversations. Having first-hand experience with such injustices and watching those close to me experience it as well, has motivated me to value social justice and equity. Due to this, I have been volunteering with the council in ‘The Multicultural Committee’ to work together with other young people in our community from different cultural backgrounds to plan and host events for the community that aims to inform them of diverse cultural celebrations as well as the issues that multicultural youth face.

What is your community involvement and/or achievements?
I have been a volunteer in the Multicultural Committee, previously YAAA, since 2018. In the committee, I have been collaborating with other multicultural youth to advocate for a more inclusive and accepting community. Since joining the committee, I volunteered at the 2019 Harmony Day event and walked in traditional Bangladeshi clothing on the multicultural runway as well as helped plan school holiday events for multicultural youth. I also MC'd the 2022 Harmon Day event and Refugee Week event with my fellow committee members as well as the 2023 Harmony Day event this year. I also had the opportunity to speak at the 2022 Western Youth Forum where I advocated for access to sports for CALD communities. This year I look forward to representing Wyndham City Council in Youth Parliament.

Please tell us about your current studies, employment or voluntary work.
I am currently a second year university student studying social work and psychology. I chose to study social work as I understand it as a career that is concerned with social justice, human rights, and the inclusion of everyone in society, particularly working with marginalised or vulnerable individuals or groups and is a field of study that strongly aligns with my values.

What are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about social justice, helping others and advocating for better and more equitable opportunities for everyone.

What positive community service have you contributed to?
Through the Multicultural Committee, I have contributed to creating an inclusive environment for different cultures and their traditions. Through the 2022 Harmony day event, where the theme of the event was climate change, we also raised awareness about environmental issues such as climate change and product wastage as well as raising awareness of financial barriers for CALD people in accessing sports facilities and teams in the Western Youth Forum.

How do you influence other young people within the community in a positive way?
Through various forums, events and conversations, I always advocate for embracing your own identity and embracing multiculturalism in Australia through which I hope to influence other young people to create a safe and inclusive environment throughout the community.

What are some of the skills or talents you have that could help contribute to an inclusive, thriving community?
As a creative person, I enjoy creating art and music. In my leisure time, I enjoy designing and creating various items through sewing, crocheting, henna and painting. Coming from a Bangladeshi background a lot of my art is influenced by South Asian as well as Western art styles. Through this, I contribute to creating a thriving and inclusive community by embracing my cultural identity through art and encouraging others to appreciate various styles of art from different cultures.

What are your hopes and dreams for your future?
In the future, I hope to help others less fortunate than I am and use my privilege to create better opportunities for others. I dream of working with others not only in Australia but across other countries to help create a more just and happy world.

 

April Winner - Meesha Pujitha Gunawardena

April Winner - Meesha Pujitha Gunawardena

Meesha is a motivated and empathetic individual and is passionate about making a positive difference in my community.

I am a volunteer with St Johns Ambulance. You may have seen me at such events as So Frenchy So Chic and Hamilton. I am committed to providing excellent healthcare in acute conditions and keeping patients calm during what can be stressful situations. In 2022 I was awarded the Wyndham division new member of the year award.

I also volunteer weekly with Monash Health medical centre as a ward ambassador where I provide conversation, make teas and coffees and ensure the general wellbeing of patients. It’s a two hour journey for me to travel to the medical centre but I find that the grateful smile on patients faces make it all worthwhile.

I am very passionate about the healthcare field, with a special interest in rural and Aboriginal health. I have just completed my bachelor of biomedical science at Monash university and am beginning my Master of Public health for two years. I hope that through my work in public health I can become a strong advocate for rural and Aboriginal health. In the meantime, I am also completing my Duke of Edinburgh Gold award through Outward Bound Australia which is a one year commitment.

I have mentored a VCE student from a disadvantaged background for a year. I was very proud of her achievements and was there to share my expertise as a mentor and provide her with encouragement and support. I found it very gratifying to share her journey and watch her progress. On one occasion we arranged for her to come onto campus and shadow me on my uni workshops. She was thrilled by how exciting university education could be!

During my Bachelor of Biomedical Science I was also on the student Academic Progress Council where I represented the interests of my fellow colleagues before a panel of Deans and lecturers. I was fortunate enough to be placed in a position to support students facing hardships during the course of their tertiary education. I worked hard to bring a fresh perspective to the table and highlight valuable points.

Last year I was fortunate enough to run educational workshops through the Hands on Health program. This initiative supports secondary school students from Indigenous, refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds to pursue a career in the health sciences. Through hands-on activities students are able to explore the health professions.

For two years I have been involved with the program Teddy Bear Hospital via Monash University. Through our programs we aim to reduce white coat anxiety" in young children and toddlers. We believe that doing so will help doctors to do their jobs more effectively and by doing so, improve the standard of care that children receive. We run educational programs in preschools and Montessoris that teach children what allergies are, what a balanced diet looks like and how to call 000 in cases of emergencies.

I also work with the not-for-profit organisation Needatutor to tutor students from indigenous and disadvantaged communities. As a first-generation migrant, another area of interest to me is educational inequality and I am dedicated and committed to fighting such inequities in our community and at large. I tutor grades 4 to 7 in English and Mathematics and I believe that these subjects are a stepping stone and a vital foundation for pursuing further study. Education is the "great equaliser" and I am strongly committed to ensuring that children from disadvantaged communities recieve an equal opportunity for a better future.

In my spare time I like to play tennis and keep generally active. I'm a big proponent of the saying "healthy body, healthy mind" and I take great pleasure in my long daily walks. It has been my life-long goal and dream to go to medical school and become a doctor so that I can continue my work in Aboriginal and rural health.

March Winner - Murad Mamiyo

March Winner - Murad Mamiyo

My name is Murad Mamiyo and I have been volunteering for the Wyndham Bright Young Leaders program since 2020. I am an active volunteer. I started with setting tables for the program and now I have become an organiser and started being the MC  for the program. By being a good role model there is many more future generations that are joining the program. Moreover, I have built my confidence and have understood more about Wyndham.

My community involvement is pi volunteer for the Wyndham Bright Young leader program and OWN group. I have built my confidence through this involvement and got the opportunity to get know with different people in Wyndham and the leaders of Wyndham in different roles like Josh Gilligan, Laurence Gray, Richard Dove. I also understand the value of involvement before I joined the Wyndham Bright Young leader program as I wasn’t confident to introduce myself before. Proudly now I am being a role model for others.

Currently, I am studying year 7 and volunteer for the Wyndham Bright young leaders and volunteer for OWN group sometimes if needed.

I am most passionate about soccer and my volunteering role for the community at moment.

I have contributed my skills and empowered others by playing the MC role and welcoming the Wyndham City Mayor Susan Mclntyre to pass a certificate for the WBYL graduates in 2022.

I can influence others by communicating with them by sharing my experience and stories with the community. I encourage the community to join the WBYL program where I developed my leadership skills and built my confidence and learnt a lot about Wyndham.

My hopes/dreams for the future is to be a profession soccer player and hopefully have a good career and then retire and become a judge in court.

February Winner - Anjali Sharma

February Winner - Anjali Sharma

I am a keen and eager individual and I am really passionate about growing public awareness on the effects of negative and positive mental health, exploring social justice and inclusive education.

I am an active member in my school and local community.

In 2021, I was invited to the Asia Pacific Youth Global Empowerment Forum on behalf of my school, to have a discussion with many schools across Australia and in East Asia about the global education structure and to express our concerns about the current worldwide education crisis.

My school runs a Year 10 Mentoring High Ability Outreach Program funded by the Department of Education (DET) which provides extension and enrichment opportunities to Grade 5 and 6 students from areas in rural and regional Victoria. The High Ability Outreach Program aims to:
Support and engage Grade 5 and 6 students to excel in Science, Tech and Engineering and to develop STEM-related skills and provide an extraordinary opportunity to further develop our leadership and mentoring skills and facilitate meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships between primary students and older like-minded students.

I am also part of the Student2Student Smith Family program, which encourages students in lower SES backgrounds to improve their reading with peer buddies, who help them understand and guide their way through a text.

At school, I get to rub shoulders with like-minded students who are passionate about volunteering and gender equality like myself. I have been participating in a wide range of activities to give back to my school and the wider community.

I enjoy participating in the different clubs that my school provides such as Leos Club and Interact Club sponsored by Rotary Australia (we aim to help the community through meaningful and fun projects). Taking part in these activities also allows me to learn new skills and meet new people.

I am passionate about inclusive education and giving students that access to education and opportunities. Accessible education creates a plethora of new opportunities for learners, which opens them to a whole new world and allows individuals to blossom and grow.

Everyone should be equipped with the set of skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a world full of opportunities, because everyone is entitled to education. It is the key to success because individuals are provided with the knowledge they can grasp onto for a brighter future.

I am part of the Executive Advisory Committee at the Victorian Student Representative Council, a student-led organisation that was created by students to be a voice for students at the highest levels of decision making in Victorian education.

My role as an Executive includes working collaboratively to create a more equitable education system in Victoria, developing leadership skills and understanding leading state-wide student-led advocacy/activities. I also represent Victorian students at the state level and advocate for positive change in education.

I am a Social Service representative for my class and this role gives me the opportunity to encourage my classmates and others in a positive way. I work with the Social Service network in my school, and we devise strategies to maximise student participation in exploring social issues and introduce the student community to projects and events that are relevant to social justice issues.

Some projects I’ve worked on are World Vision’s 40 Hour Famine, Percentage Waste Campaign and STEPtember, whilst also organising a fundraiser bake stall for the Leukaemia Foundation.
This year, I took part in the Grade 6 Mentoring Program which was an incredible experience to provide a comfortable space for Year 6s at the school to feel supported and build confidence during their transition to high school. As the transition was a significant change and was filled with many uncertainties, we focused on different topics like building connections and leadership.

I aspire to work with young people in my future. I love to help people and contribute to society because it gives me a sense of excitement and joy!

January Winners - Eijaz and Zaki Suleman

January Winners - Eijaz and Zaki Suleman

West Point Soccer Club is a non-for-profit community club run by Volunteers.

At the start of every season it is difficult to find coaches for every team particularly the Miniroo’s & Juniors.

Eijaz and Zaki have been playing soccer at the club for over than 6 years. When their 6-year-old brother joined the club brothers Eijaz and Zaki decided to coach his team together.

All the players in the Under 7’s team (6 and 7 year old’s) love coming to training and playing games on Sunday.

The kids in the team see Eijaz and Zaki as their big brother. Eijaz and Zaki are going to coach again in 2023 so the kids are delighted.

With both Eijaz and Zaki involved in coaching their little brother’s team, it allows eight 6 and 7 year old boys to have a team with two coaches and be able to play soccer and learn the game from two teenagers who have been involved with soccer for a long time and are still playing soccer with the under 13 team.

Both Zaki and Eijaz are passionate about soccer and they have been playing for a very long time. They both wanted to use their knowledge of the game and train young kids. They enjoy training the under 7’s team.

Every player in their under 7’s team sees them as a big brother and really connects with them. Every week the kids come to training excited and ready to train and improve.

Both Zaki and Eijaz train the kids twice a week for over an hour each time, as well as coaching the team for their Sunday morning game.

The children relate a lot to Eijaz and Zaki (due to their age) which boost their self esteem, confidence, emotional development and overall character.

Both Zaki and Eijaz provide a fun, high-quality soccer experience that encourages sportsmanship and a love of the game , in a safe and non-discriminatory environment. They both are fun and confident, passionate about soccer and really want to encourage kids to play soccer.

They both want to carry on coaching their brother's team next year as they still have so much to offer.

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December Winner - Ganika Shree

December Winner - Ganika Shree

Growing up in India, Ganika, 16, recognised the disparity in the education system, marred by gross inequalities in access, Gender and class. She realised the combination of educational inequality and socioeconomic status created a vicious cycle, where low class citizens generally received low-quality education, the large social stratification, contrasting societies and complicated blends within society itself provided social enigmas, through her encounter she was able to recognise the disparities hiding with her immediate society.

As a result she lives by the mantra of “A more just world is not just a possibility; it is also an obligation, and it is up to you to put your beliefs into action for the welfare of all”-Ganika.

To carry out her obligation she has been an advocate and committed for the betterment of society. Eager to make a positive wave in her community, she participates in many organisations and fundraisers. A go-getter and a high achiever, she approaches every opportunity with dynamism and enthusiasm, striving for academic and personal growth.

My achievements, my successes and my accomplishments are the ones that give me a sense of happiness and pride. Whereas, my mistakes, my failures and setbacks make me strong. My achievements range in extracurricular and Another set of achievements that hold immense value to me is my involvement within the community.

Extracurricular activities are the part of a healthy and well rounded individual. I always take pride in participating in various extracurricular activities within and outside my school. There are a few extracurricular achievements I am extremely proud of such as:

Within the Community I am dedicated to numerous community groups in order to create a positive ripple in my immediate community:

  • I am a One girl ambassador
  • I have Started up superstition chapter within my school
  • Conduct Free Carnatic singing classes for children
  • I am equal ed tutor
  • I am part of the VIC src committee
  • I have contributed to the starlight foundation, Active April and 40 hour famine
  • I Volunteer at Op shop
  • I am a part of Letters against isolation
  • I volunteer on behalf of dosomething.org

November winner- Laura Mallia

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I currently volunteer 2 days a week with Edmund Rice services.

I also volunteer annually for the RSPCA where I have raised over $4,000 for animals in need.

Every October for the past 3 years I have completed the Great Cycle Challenge where I have raised $1,000 and rode over 500km for children fighting cancer.

Back in 2015 I cut 30min off my long blonde hair and donated that to AAAF to make wigs for kids with cancer and raised around $1,000.

Over my years of volunteering I have also worked with the local RSL raising money for War veterans and with St Vinnies where we raised money for homeless people.

In 2018 I went overseas to the Philippines for 2 weeks to volunteer in orphanages, at schools and with underprivileged youth and communities

I was nominated for the Victorian young achiever awards in 2018 and was the semi finalist in 2018. I also won the Lalor young hero award from Joanne Ryan and in 2018 the Mayoral Youth Award.

I currently work as a pre-kinder teacher at Guardian in Point Cook full time and volunteer 2 days a week with Edmund Rice Services.

I am most passionate about helping out those less fortunate in any way I can. I strongly believe that you can make a difference in people’s live’s by doing something as little as giving them a smile or asking how their day is going.

I have contributed to my community through my fundraising efforts over the years and by my current voluntary work.  

During my time at high school, I was the Senior Social Justice Captain. I organised and ran my own fundraisers and supported/assisted younger children in doing the same.

I have a strong interest in animals, keeping our environment clean (sustainability) and a passion for helping people to feel safe and have a sense of belonging in their community.

In my future I hope to continue volunteering as much as I can. I would love to volunteer at the Royal Children’s Hospital helping out sick children and supporting their families.

 

October winner- Ally Owen

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I am a teenager who is all about helping the community, my friends and family in any way possible!

Each year for the past 6 years I have contributed to the Good Friday Appeal to raise money for the RCH.

For the past 3 years I have been a junior firefighter at the Werribee fire brigade. We train at Galvin park once a week to compete in competitions all around the state in summer seasons and learn all about fire theory at the Werribee CFA during the winter seasons.

Im currently in the process of started a recruitment course to become an operation volunteer fire fighter with the Wyndham Vale Fire Brigade, which means in the oncoming months I will be able to achieve my long wanted dreams of helping the community and protecting lives and properties around the area.

I’m definitely most passionate about helping the community. Whether it’s through firefighting or just being a good friend or family member. Other than helping others and being passionate about firefighting i’m also very passionate to grow my small online business I have created selling personalised gifts.

Each year for the past 6 years I have contributed to the Good Friday Appeal to raise money for the RCH.

Volunteering with the CFA is a step in the right direction to help my community and I hope other young people see it as something they might like to do one day.

I have worked since I was 15 years old and trained as a junior fire fighter since I was 12 so I have learnt many skills that I can use throughout my life like team work, good communication.

My dream is to continue helping everyone around me by becoming a Paramedic after I finish school and go to University.

I also would love to start a support group for young teenagers and young adults to help support them with mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

 

September - Fiona Gade

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I am passionate about racial equality. I have contributed to my community and plan on changing society as a whole through education. I am hoping that by sharing my own story, it would help you see how passionate, kind-hearted, and dedicated I am.

I have recently joined VicSRC. I have volunteered in the youth group at my local church occasionally to help clean up Wyndham. I have helped my church raise money for charities to provide the homeless a better life thorough Caritas Australia.

I have worked as a tutor for primary and pre primary school kids where I was not only able to educate young students but also teach them the importance of education.

I am a current student who is passionate about making a difference in this community environmentally and spirtually.

Throughout my time in high school, I have been on the Student Representative Council. This has allowed me to start fundraisers within my class to raise money for people in need, attend weekly meeting with Year Level Coordinators and other SRC’s to discuss issues in our school community and how we can overcome these issues.

I am passionate about many things but most importantly racial equality. We should start with understanding the nature of the issue, which mostly consists of structural racism: hierarchies built up over centuries and still present today in everything from housing to education to workforce representation. The way forward is to recognize and combat racism systemically by dismantling it through design thinking methodologies.

I want to leave a positive impact on those around me and make a difference in the world. The best way I can do that is by influencing the younger people around me in a positive manner. I do that by being kind towards them. Whether they are younger or older than me, it doesn't matter because every day people are looking for ways to improve themselves and their lives.

I have skills such as communication skills that I have obtained from public speaking.

People can still help contribute to an inclusive, thriving community in their everyday lives without having specific sills or talents. For example, volunteering can be as simple and easy as spending time with people who don't get to do anything else, chatting to them about their day or finding out what they like to do. Simplistic acts like offering someone a drink of water or just having a chat with them can make all the difference. Another way everyone can contribute to an inclusive, thriving community is by going out on the streets with a smile on your face and saying hello to everyone you see, this will start positive conversations that may lead onto something more interesting or fun.

Often when we think of racism, we think of adults prejudicing against people of other races. However, throughout my 16 years in this country I have seen people of all ages being racist towards all races and cultures and one in four young children are racially prejudice and two-thirds of them will carry these attitudes into adulthood.

I think it’s important in the future for young children to be taught the effect and the hurtfulness of being racist so that they don't grow up with these awful prejudices. The average child will spend more than 1,000 hours of screen time in a year which shows that most of their information about the world comes from media. One possible approach is by designing a series of children's apps that combat racism as children play.

I hope to attend University and study a bachelor’s degree in the health field and one day open my own non-for-profit tuition for students that are eager to learn but can’t afford to pay for education.  

August - Eve Paesler

Eva

My names Eve and I have been volunteering/working in and around the Youth Resource Centre.

I am currently studying year 12 VCAL at Wyndham Central College.

I am passionate about sound production at live music events.

I have helped run and organise smoke drug and alcohol free events for young people in Wyndham.

I enjoy helping young people and being able to help out no matter what kind of problem they have.

I have great people skills and I can really connect with people

My ambition is to tour with a big band around Australia or the world.

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