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Young people awarded
On the evening of Friday 15 October, over 400 people packed out the Regent
Cinemas to help celebrate the amazing talents and achievements of Ballarat's
young people, at the annual City of Ballarat Youth Awards.
A staggering 120 nominations were received. The 16 winners were:
Art Award (Music) -- Elissa Rodger
Elissa is a well respected musician/vocalist who is currently Ballarat Grammar
School music captain and member of the school chamber choir, senior choir
and stage band.
Art Award (Visual Design) -- Catherine (Cat) Bott
Cat is an 'anime' artist and co-founder of anime and other art appreciation
Art Award (Performing Arts) -- Mini Mona's Choir
The Mini Mona's Choir has been going for nearly 10 years, with three choirs
and 113 young people involved.
Challenge and Change Award -- Derick Micallef
Derick has overcome disadvantage through athletic talent, perseverance,
sacrifice and personal development to realise his dreams.
Eco Warrior -- 'The Creek Project,' Ballarat Christian College
The students involved in this project have shown tremendous dedication
and commitment to their local environment.
Young Entrepreneur -- Pat Hamilton
Pat is a 15 year old student who runs a small IT enterprise and also volunteers
on a range of youth activities.
Youth Support Worker -- Ian Cooper
Ian is able to encourage young people to get things done for themselves
and their community.
Inspirational Achiever -- Ashlea Peterson
Ashlea was a previous student of Ballarat High School's Young Mum's
program who has gone on to further education and a great career.
Mentors Award -- Dimitri Dollard Akpabli
Dimitri has only been in Australia for two and a half years and in that time
has been an excellent role model for the African community.
Young Carer Award -- Emmalie-Kate (Katie) Bird
Katie assists her Dad in caring for her intellectually disabled sister and her
mother who suffers from a mental illness.
Young Volunteer Award -- Danielle Forbes
Danielle's volunteering efforts have included fundraising and visiting Kenya,
East Timor and Timor Leste.
Group Project Award -- LARF Mentoring Program
The LARF group program brings together volunteer youth who are mentors
to young people.
Leadership in Sport -- Emma Ruyg
Emma has been involved in the Hockey Ballarat Association for many years
as a player, mentor, teacher and member of the Hockey Ballarat junior
Positive Youth Award -- Jemma Mathers
This year Jemma participated in the 'Make Poverty History Road Trip' and
was one of five young Australians selected to travel to South Africa in
September as part of 'Collaboration 4 Change: 2010 Building Australia's
City of Ballarat Award 12-17 years -- Laura Bennett
Laura is passionate about disadvantage in third world countries and organised
a number of activities to support World Vision's 40 Hour Famine.
City of Ballarat Award 18-25 years -- Koby Drake
Koby is an advocate for equality for the same sex attracted community
locally and across the state.
Council congratulates all of the winners, as well as all those who were
nominated for their passion, leadership, selfless attitude and commitment
to their community, family and friends.
Below: City of Ballarat 2010 Youth Award recipients
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