The Finalists have been selected for the Masonic Care WA / Freemasons WA Community Service and Volunteering Award in the 2018 Western Australian Young Achiever Awards. The Awards aim to encourage, acknowledge and reward the achievements valuable contribution young Western Australians make in their local communities.
The three Finalists are:
- Nikki Wormald, 21 of Silversands
- Krista Dunstan, 27 of Bayswater
- Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos
Nikki Wormald, 21 of Silversands founded a Friday Night Girl’s Program for her local Police-Citizens Youth Club. She project manages a basketball program for at-risk youths and raised $14,000 for the program through grants and fundraising. Nikki sourced government funding to train and source referee jobs for program participants. She simultaneously studied social work and worked for a youth drop-in centre. Working for Mission Australia, she started her own recreational program for homeless young people.
Krista Dunstan, 27 of Bayswater has advocated as a lawyer for Indigenous people at the UN. She lectures at the Constitutional Centre on several issues. She spoke at the Australian Law Students Association Conference and convened the National Indigenous Legal Conference. Krista volunteers for the Women in the Law Mentoring Scheme. She is a Legal Practitioner of the Year, features in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame and in the 100 Women of Influence lists.
Scott Guerini, 11 of Alkimos started Scott’s Great Walk at age four, walking 25km to town from his farm. He has completed three marathons and hiked 82km in the Canadian Rockies, raising $100,000 for Telethon. He seeks to help sick children and aspires to be a doctor. Scott has featured on Television and delivered a Telethon Beneficiaries Speech to 500 people, including Prime Minister Turnbull. He received the Premiers Australia Day Active Citizenship Award twice.
The Community Service and Volunteering Award applauds young individuals who have made an outstanding contribution and have positively impacted the lives of others and their community. This Award covers all aspects of community service and volunteering including (but not restricted to) aged persons at risk, the homeless and disadvantaged, emergency services and youth. Nominees are community service workers or young volunteers who, through exceptional leadership demonstrate initiative beyond what is expected of them. This Award acknowledges those who are energetically and passionately getting involved in their community and making a difference.
The Finalists will be presented and Winners announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner to be held at Pan Pacific Perth on Saturday evening 26th May. Great prizes are up for grabs with a $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a magnificent trophy for each category winner. One of the ten category winners will be chosen as the 2018 Western Australian Young Achiever of the Year and will receive an additional $1,000 Bartercard account, $1,000 cash and a State trophy.
All Finalists will go into the People’s Choice Award presented by Catholic Education Western Australia, which is run through the Awards Facebook page; “Western Australian Young Achiever Awards”. Please ensure you like our page and vote for your favourite Finalist. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala Presentation Dinner and will receive a $500 Visa gift card, courtesy of Catholic Education Western Australia.
Community members including friends and colleagues of each Finalist are invited to share this special occasion. Tickets are $125.00 each which includes a three course meal, beverages and entertainment. Tickets can be easily purchased online by visiting awardsaustralia.com/wayaa and clicking on the “purchase tickets” icon.
For further information about our other Finalists or purchasing tickets please feel free to contact the Awards Office on 9201 1155.
Congratulations and good luck to all Finalists.